Wednesday :: Mar 24, 2010

Afghanistan is Forgotten Again


by paradox

Every White House is intimately familiar with the media term “feeding the beast,” meaning the relentless ferociously beastly 24 x 7 appetite for news from the modern American media apparatus. Not only does the beast demand to be constantly fed, like all of us it has a vast preference for fresh, stale is very bad when trying to competitively sell news. American media loathes side dishes, too, it gorges relentlessly on one entrée of subject until everyone is bloated and sick from it, only to instantly offer a new hyped-up platter of sensationalism to the languid bored consumer.

Remember the nauseously phrased “surge” in Afghanistan? I do. The American media could talk of nothing else for five days as our troops fanned out into the country on some mission of what, final destination of mission who knows where, but it didn’t matter as longs as guns chattered and bad guys fled to Pakistan, sell the event!

What happened at the tragically foolish result of chucking 30,000 American lives into a cauldron of futility in this latest offensive? I don’t know, I seriously doubt anyone does. The American media long ago moved onto other topics before this vast feast of present healthcare, Afghanistan and climate change and the unemployment rate forgotten, usually the entire context of their media histories completely irrelevant if they suddenly become the main course once again.

Bob Herbert warned us of this last year, to force a tiny percentage of the American population to shoulder almost unbelievable sacrifices for something insanely stupid and expensive while the rest of us whistle merrily along with whatever puny sacrifices we’re willing to make for country is an unconscionably arrogant, callous, grossly indifferent moral position to take as a people and country.

In the recent past I always instantly recc’d the I Got the News Today public works at Daily Kos, the terribly tragic and sad tributes to our fallen service people in Afghanistan (thank God so few now originate from the vast crime of Iraq). I was in the service in wartime, I know what it’s like to fill out that standard will, and I think it’s critically important the huge sacrifices made by some our people and their families get as much attention as possible.

Lately, though, my mouse has been stilled at the sight of them, the horribly painful stories and reminders seem to have no effect in stopping the war. If we as a country insist on this insanity and tributes to the dead seem to have no effect in stopping it, is the tribute in fact a form of glorification, of passive acceptance? I don’t know, my heart breaking as I read of lives of such love and promise shattered, a country lost to the perils of militarism.

As always I’m basely bewildered at the insanity, we should have learned long, long ago (if not for the vivid present examples of Vietnam and Iraq, wtf is making us so obtuse about militarism?) that inflicting death and violence for political ends carries the utmost peril to our morals and futures, it is sometimes forced on us but to accept it so casually—like the forgotten surge in Afghanistan—is to continually invite disaster.

Many state that Osama to this day laughs and laughs, the objective of 9/11 was to ensnare America into a hopeless hugely futile meander in Afghanistan. The ridiculous Americans pour in their people and a trillion dollars precisely to generate more terrorism against them, absolutely nothing is guaranteed more to cause the deaths of Americans on multiple continents than the reality of American army divisions occupying an Arab country. I find that line of reasoning extremely compelling.

One day this year, for reasons completely unknown to even the beast itself, Afghanistan will again be a hot dish of news, only again to become stale and old. How many men and women—and their families and friends—will lose their lives until there is a chance paying attention to them would stop all this? How many billions of dollars will we just completely throw away—indeed, to even harm us more—in all this ongoing insanity in that time?

One life and dime is way too much. I have not forgotten Afghanistan, I will not forget, and my American heart and soul will never be at peace until we get the hell out of there. If we’re constantly forgetting our people being maimed and dying there, how could we be doing the right thing?

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