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The March Of Folly

The outsize US Military will always be a “first option” for US international relations, and until that is addressed, there will be more pointless wars, I mean “interventions.” Since 1898, US interventions have been justified with ‘democracy defense’ and military spending accounts for almost half of its’ discretionary spending. It happened in Philippines, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Haiti and Dominican Republic. It horrifically developed in Chile, Argentina and Vietnam. And it finally happened in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have never paid attention to the real conditions on the ground and how the population they intervene are impacted by the intervention. Arrogance is what have motivated the US to commit the same mistakes all over again. And finally the world can see its craziness. Afghanistan is the remnant of the arrogance of the 20th century. Let it be the last one.

Disengaging from Afghanistan was never going to be easy where religious fanatics eg: Al-Qaeda, ISIS-K, hiding in the rugged countryside re-emerge to try to control the country and drag its people back to a medieval caliphate. It is a fractious country; an amalgamation of tribal lords and tribal prefectures. No one ‘fights for’ the country; they ‘fight with’ a tribal lord. Fighters switch sides at the drop of a hat, based on which side offers the best opportunity for safety, gain, security. Just because the Taliban “won” today, it doesn’t mean they will rule tomorrow. [LINK]

After President Biden condemned the terrorist attack and vowed to hunt down those responsible, the U.S. military carried out a drone strike on an Islamic State target in Afghanistan, the first retaliatory action following an attack at Kabul airport that killed 13 American service members and at least 170 other people. Taliban’s recent takeover will also encourage Islamic fundamentalism and Islamic extremists worldwide. It’ll, in turn, inflame religious extremism among other religious groups, many of whom are now having political connections in the USA, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, France, Germany, Australia/NZ, and Asean, etc.

Right now, even in their victory, the Taliban are extremely weak. If they want to govern the country effectively, they’ll need all the financial, technical, and institutional means that define a functioning state. So their leaders are trying to blunt all hostility by putting out a face of moderation, goodwill and inclusivity through their statements. But let’s note that the Taliban, a fundamentalist Islamic organization, could find a quiet and an easy theological justification for their use in its dealings with those opposed to it during its times of weakness and vulnerability. In orthodox Islam, all deceptive conduct by the believers that protects the faithful and weakens the enemy is a service to Allah and is thus a pious undertaking. It’s called taqiyaah in Arabic. They still ascribes to Sunni Islamic fundamentalism and government through Shariah or Islamic law and nothing liberal about them for their use of media technology for PR purposes.

One of the Taliban pronouncements of the past week was the admonition that women should stay inside for a few weeks because their youngest fighters still hadn’t been educated on how to treat women. Shouldn’t humane treatment of women, men, girls and boys be fundamental in a civilized society? If the Taliban haven’t already undertaken this lesson, if they don’t have control over the most basic actions of their own people, how do they expect to govern an entire country?

A major source of money for Taliban is hefty donations from Gulf countries and many Muslims from across the world including western world (despite of strict international financial regulations.) These Taliban today are sitting on the throne of Kabul with complete help and complicity of Pakistan. America should have come into senses at the time when they found Bin Laden living under the protection of Pakistan military. They gave billions of dollars to Pakistan as economic aid but unfortunately it went mostly into the pockets of army officers or was spent on developing nuclear bombs. This was mostly due to intense rivalry between India and Pakistan on Kashmir dispute.

Now Pakistan do not need America as it has new friends China and Taliban government in Afghanistan which can be used against India to seize Kashmir. Let us see how the new game is played by Pakistan. Pak- taliban rise is a global headache now! As for India, it has seen the worst times thru when Pakistan and Taliban were together in 1996-2001 – Airplane hijackings, terror bombings. [LINK]

The United States—and its allies—have politically, socially, financially and militarily prepared Afghanistan to stand on its own. Much of the $2.6+ trillion spent by unaware Americans has lined the pockets of suppliers of arms, backers of the suppliers, and supporters of the suppliers. And let’s not pretend that it is not a problem, a big problem with far-reaching implications. The answer is actually very simple. Wars are a big businesses for US. Interest groups are from Democrats and Republicans parties and get support from both sides.

I always believed that the so-called “war against terror” was an absurd propaganda exercise to help line the pockets of the military-industrial complex. What could be better than perpetual war? US now spend more on defense than the next 30 countries combined. Something is wrong with this picture. While instead China spends about a 1/3 of what US spend on the military, it is building super railroads, investing in artificial intelligence and advanced communications systems. Americans are in deep trouble and we can trace it back to the elites who dominate in D.C. Sadly, the military-industrial complex was and still is, a very hungry beast that needs constant feeding. Its tentacles reach deep into many facets of American society and business.

If your only tool is a hammer, all problems look like nails. Maybe our real problem starts with how our Govt. choose to spend our tax dollars. What’s the old saying: “When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” Singapore’s toolkit has just one blunt tool. No wonder we only have one way to solve every problem we see.

 

Sjorne Shen

 

 

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8 Responses to “The March Of Folly”

  • xoxo:

    The PAP’s is not just a hammer; theirs is a $ledge hammer!
    The 3G-cum-4G use it to kill tiny *sg-flies*.

    Not only cannot properly SOLVE PROBLEMS,*THE ARI$TOCRAPS create MORE,MORE AND MORE!

    PROBLEM WITH DAFT SCHOLAR$ IS THEY KEEP THINKING THEY ARE THE SMARTEST even after SCREWING UP BIG TIME?

    SG,this old uncle cannot recognise *you* anymore.

    *Buay jin chu* ah!
    Tak boleh tahan lagi!

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    I always believed that the so-called “war against terror” was an absurd propaganda exercise to help line the pockets of the military-industrial complex. What could be better than perpetual war?
    ———————————————————————–
    It was a open secret that U$A are doing things out of their greed Dollar$.

    So, what’$ wrong with collecting more money ?

    1. Who sold/supplied weapons to the terrorists?
    Ans: U$A

    2. Who funded/trained the terrorists?
    Ans: U$A

    In Money We Tru$t. Prai$e be with the Dollar$. Glory be with the Dollar$.

    【全球熱話題】”恐怖組織美國製造” 網挖希拉蕊12年舊片
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKFYutwdCp8

    $ecretory Hillary Clinton accepted that U$A funded Taliban and Al Qaida
    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2f52cp

    Confession of Hillary Clinton U$A America funded Talibans
    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2cx3kd

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.Again
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Singaporeans must be Cheaper, Better, Faster.
    Workers must accept wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

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  • Geff:

    It may B a tactical decision.

    To strike when everyone think war is over.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    All the Taleban need to is do a Saudi Arabia and UAE…Yes worship Allah 5X a day and exploit its Natural Resources…the Taleban chiefs can organise a Dynastic Regime with a king or whatever leadership they may want to call it…maybe Ibrahim Dynasty? Even if it turn corrupt the Resources will benefit the people n nation…don’t look far we have that Right Here…The Lie Dynasty

    .

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  • Observer:

    In the past, US spent so much effort to oppose OBOR, where China had to go through many countries and middlemen to buy Iran oil. With US out of Afghanistan, China only need to go through one middleman (Taliban) to spend its export earnings on sanctioned Iran oil.

    Will Taliban work with China?

    Will Class 4 driver become a hot job in Afghanistan?

    Will the border town between Afghanistan and China become hot property?

    When the Afghan soldier see Taliban leaders sign agreement with China, they worry about China supplying Taliban with cheap and abundant weapons and vehicles. So they feel it is better to negotiate surrender when they still have some bargaining chips.

    Cheap is an important advantage, because the fighter does not need to worry about weapons or vehicles being damaged in battle.

    Did you observe how ISIS/ Taliban fighters travel in affordable Asian pickups, and arrive in battle fresh and rested? Compare to armies where only the commander sit in an expensive jeep, whilst the soldiers march on foot, each carrying 40kg of equipment.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Observer:
    With US out of Afghanistan, China only need to go through one middleman (Taliban) to spend its export earnings on sanctioned Iran oil.

    Hahaha… this is the most stopid post.

    On the contrary, China and TRE Techie now are very very afraid and anxious now. Don’t believe? Read the analysis of this guy.

    Kaiju:
    We will see China die not doing and die doing with Taleban.

    First, Taleban can sell the American stocks to China.
    If China buy, sell expensive;
    If China not buy, use Xinjiang to threaten;
    If China buy little, use Xinjiang to threaten;
    If China buy, sell parts by parts;
    If China only want buy whole piece, sell +30% higher than by selling parts only;
    If China buy, only accept gold bar as payment.

    Second, Taleban can sell vege to China.
    If China not buy, use Xinjiang to threaten;
    If China buy little, use Xinjiang to threaten;

    Third, use China to fight the north rebellion forces.
    If China not support, use Xinjiang to threaten;
    If China support little, use Xinjiang to threaten;

    Need a monster to fight a monster.

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  • No wonder:

    Birds of the same feather, and same small brain, flock together.

    Singaporeans R Free Riders: On the contrary, China and TRE Techie now are very very afraid and anxious now. Don’t believe? Read the analysis of this guy.

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  • Jake Pentecost:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders: On the contrary, China and TRE Techie now are very very afraid and anxious now. Don’t believe? Read the analysis of this guy.

    Kaiju: We will see China die not doing and die doing with Taleban.

    First, Taleban can sell the American stocks to China.
    If China buy, sell expensive;
    If China not buy, use Xinjiang to threaten;
    If China buy little, use Xinjiang to threaten;
    If China buy, sell parts by parts;
    If China only want buy whole piece, sell +30% higher than by selling parts only;
    If China buy, only accept gold bar as payment.

    Second, Taleban can sell vege to China.
    If China not buy, use Xinjiang to threaten;
    If China buy little, use Xinjiang to threaten;

    Third, use China to fight the north rebellion forces.
    If China not support, use Xinjiang to threaten;
    If China support little, use Xinjiang to threaten;

    Need a monster to fight a monster.

    lol, Gozilla finally admits (he is monster). Yep, a monster with brain damaged from Fukushima released radioactive waters. Now renamed Kaiju aka mike?? ha, ha, ha,

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