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After the Afghan War: My Opinion
Member Name: Seven17
Advantages: I can't think of any...
Disadvantages: Soldiers killed, afghanistan will still have insurgency and radical's after we leave
There have been heated debates of what will happen to Afghanistan and Iraq after the war on terror is over and i thought i'd share my opinion on this. To put it quite bluntly: The Taliban will just walk back in. All those years spent fighting a war against insurgents so the people of afghanistan could live in peace will be wasted because the Afghan army is nowhere near capable enough to cope on its own. Some say we need to be there longer to train them up a bit more, but i disagree. So my point would be bring back our troops now, stop them getting killed, it is not our war, and the people of Afghanistan need to stand up and fight for their country if they want the insurgents ousted.
The insurgents are already showing off to the allied forces that they are still there with massive bomb attacks. America sees this all the time and it is clear that the problem is still there but the Americans turn a blind eye to it because they want to feel like they won, like they have trained the afghan army up and it's problem solved with no more insurgents to worry about. That's politics, they would do that of course, but where does that leave the Afghan people?
The war on terror has been a widely debated one, many support, many don't support but i think you have to look at the individual aspects of the war in order to form a consensus on a wider picture. By that i mean, people don't agree with the killing of innocent men women and children. Most people are disgusted at the Taliban's "revenge" when they kill our soldiers. Most people however, celebrated when Bin Laden was shot dead in Pakistan by US forces, yet Pakistan was furious when America just walked into their country (harming diplomatic ties). Most people were outraged by the Koran Burning by a US pastor in Florida, most people were outraged at the barbaric response to this when Afghans chopped the heads off innocent UN staff. There are pros and cons all over the place and unless America somehow left afghanistan a better place, that would continue to be the problem: Extremism. The burning of American flags does not spark riots and beheadings in America, so how can America stop barbaric killings by extremists in a third world country with tons of civilian look a like insurgents? Its a very hard thing to do.
But what happens if we have another attack? What if 9/11 is eclipsed in a terror attack that kills tens of thousands, maybe even more? are we supposed to just go out there and lets have a take 2 on the war on terror? Of course not! Most of the terrorists were Saudi Arabian, then we invaded Iraq, overthrew a dictator, Invaded Afghanistan to basically go drop bombs on caves (some killing innocent pakistani nationals as we have seen in the news recently) and shoot at an ever growing number of Islamic extremists. The war was on the insurgents. The insurgents who carry suicide bomb vests yet looks like every day normal afghans and yet nobody knows who they are.
So the big question, what will Afghanistan look like when the war is over? Well for me personally I think there will be a sudden insurgency rise to an almost lawless land. There is a very weak army desperately trying to control it's insurgent problems and failing, our troops have struggled to train them with the Afghan Army's lack of effort, skill and discipline. I saw a video once of one Afghan army group out with british soldiers on patrol, and they were taking drugs? In the BBC Series "Our War" they cannot even hold a gun safely, and keep aiming it at each other without even thinking about it.
I think we can also expect some pretty serious suicide bombing attacks and certainly ones which are more frequent. Look at North Africa, Al-Shabab for instance, attack churches, and are pretty much getting away with what they want because whilst the government want's it to stop, it's a third world country, and their army is nothing compared to the US or UK army? If we invaded their country, helped to kill insurgents, we would be in the same position ten years down the line as we are now with the Afghan war. It's a difficult battle to fight. They are fighting a loosing battle, but the insurgents will continue for a long time, there will be attacks all the time on the news and this is just my opinion, the Taliban will rule afghanistan if not politically, but by force.
David Cameron has said he will not just leave afghanistan out in the cold after the war and will continue to support them so they can build a prosperous and terror free country. This sounds like a great idea on the surface but you can't stop insurgency attacks, you cant stop suicide bombers completely, and you certainly can't stop people converting to radical islam just through a war on terror.
I think with our support we can leave behind an Afghanistan that has at least some control over its country, at least some basic training but the insurgents will continue to just laugh in the face on the allied forces because they will still be there, their numbers will grow and there will always be radical Islam, Afghanistan is a country that (before the war) had many towns held by Taliban forces and i personally think it will go back to that way, but that means more and more people will be converted to Radical Islam because the Taliban can recruit that way when they have such a stronghold.
Girls cant go to school, limbs are cut off for stealing, shari'ah law will be strictly imposed. Look at Saudi Arabia though, it has strict Shari'ah law yet it has suffered terrorist attacks in recent years? Something tells me they will never be happy? There will always be scuffles. The middle east is a volatile region at the moment, and from what I can work out, will continue to be so after our troops leave.
I support our soldiers, but I want them to come home. It's not our war. Rest in peace to all those allied soldiers who lost their lives fighting.
Summary: It was not our war, and there are still terrorist attacks today. So what will it be like when we go?