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Fifteen years ago this week, the US launched the longest war in its history: the invasion and occupation of remote Afghanistan. Neighboring Pakistan was forced to facilitate the American invasion or ‘be bombed back to the stone age.’

America was furious after the bloody 9/11 attacks. The Bush administration had been caught sleeping on guard duty. Many Americans believed 9/11 was an inside job by pro-war neocons.

Afghanistan was picked as the target of US vengeance even though the 9/11 attacks were hatched (if in fact done from abroad) in Germany and Spain. The suicide attackers made clear their kamikaze mission was to punish the US for ‘occupying’ the holy land of Saudi Arabia, and for Washington’s open-ended support of Israel in its occupation of Palestine.

This rational was quickly obscured by the Bush administration that claimed the 9/11 attackers, most of whom were Saudis, were motivated by hatred of American ‘values’ and ‘freedoms.’ This nonsense planted the seeds of the rising tide of Islamophobia that we see today and the faux ‘war on terror.’

An anti-communist jihadi, Osama bin Laden, was inflated and demonized into America’s Great Satan. The supposed ‘terrorist training camps’ in Afghanistan were, as I saw with my eyes, camps where Pakistani intelligence trained jihadis to fight in India-occupied Kashmir.

Afghanistan, remote, bleak and mountainous, was rightly known as ‘the graveyard of empires.’ These included Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Timur, the Moguls and Sikhs. The British Empire invaded Afghanistan three times in the 19th century. The Soviet Union, world’s greatest land power, invaded in 1979, seeking a corridor to the Arabian Sea and Gulf.

All were defeated by the fierce Pashtun warrior tribes of the Hindu Kush. But the fool George W. Bush rushed in where angels feared to tread, in a futile attempt to conquer an unconquerable people for whom war was their favorite pastime. I was with the Afghan mujahidin when fighting the Soviet occupation in the 1980’s, and again the newly-formed Taliban in the early 1990’s. As I wrote in my book on this subject, ‘War at the Top of the World,’ the Pashtun warriors were the bravest men I’d ever seen. They had only ancient weapons but possessed boundless courage.

During the 2001 US invasion, the Americans allied themselves to the heroin and opium-dealing Tajik Northern Alliance, to former Communist allies of the Soviets, and to the northern Uzbeks, blood foes of the Pashtun and former Soviet Communist allies.

Taliban, which had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11, had shut down 90% of Afghanistan’s heroin and opium trade. The US-allied Northern Alliance restored it, making Afghanistan again the world’s leading supplier of heroin and opium. US occupation forces, backed by immense tactical airpower, allied themselves with the most criminal elements in Afghanistan and installed a puppet regime of CIA assets. The old Communist secret police, notorious for their record of torture and atrocities, was kept in power by CIA to fight Taliban.

Last week, Washington’s Special Inspector General for Afghan Relief (SIGAR) issued a totally damning report showing how mass corruption, bribery, payoffs and drug money had fatally undermined US efforts to build a viable Afghan society.

What’s more, without 24/7 US air cover, Washington’s yes-men in Kabul would be quickly swept away. The Afghan Army and police have no loyalty to the regime; they fight only for the Yankee dollar. Like Baghdad, Kabul is a US-guarded island in a sea of animosity.

A report by Global Research has estimated the 15-year Afghan War and the Iraq War had cost the US $6 trillion. Small wonder when gasoline trucked up to Afghanistan from Pakistan’s coast it costs the Pentagon $400 per gallon. Some estimates put the war cost at $33,000 per citizen. But Americans do not pay this cost through a special war tax, as it should be. Bush ordered the total costs of the Iraq and Afghan wars be concealed in the national debt.

Officially, 2,216 American soldiers have died in Afghanistan and 20,049 were seriously wounded. Some 1,173 US mercenaries have also been killed. Large numbers of US financed mercenaries still remain in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Noble Peace Prize winner Barack Obama promised to withdraw nearly all US troops from Afghanistan by 2016.
Instead, more US troops are on the way to protect the Kabul puppet regime from its own people. Taliban and its dozen-odd allied resistance movements (‘terrorists’ in Pentagon speak faithfully parroted by the US media) are steadily gaining territory and followers.

Last week, the US dragooned NATO and other satrap states to a ‘voluntary’ donor conference for Afghanistan where they had to cough up another $15.2 billion and likely send some more troops to this hopeless conflict. Washington cannot bear to admit defeat by tiny Afghanistan or see this strategic nation fall into China’s sphere.

Ominously, the US is encouraging India to play a much larger role in Afghanistan, thus planting the seeds of a dangerous Pakistani-Indian-Chinese confrontation there.

There was no mention of the 800lb gorilla in the conference room: Afghanistan’s role as the world’s by now largest heroin/opium/morphine producer – all under the proud auspices of the United States government. The new US president will inherit this embarrassing problem.

(Reprinted from EricMargolis.com by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Here is provided a very succinct and accurate history of recent U.S. involvements in Afghanistan. It is truly disturbing to review and ponder our tragic involvements in that unfortunate nation. But perhaps more unfortunate is the credulity of the American electorate who have allowed these events to occur!

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    But perhaps more unfortunate is the credulity of the American electorate who have allowed these events to occur!
     
    They are fussing around with Safe Spaces and transgender toilets, and high school students are apparently completely clueless about current affairs or just repeat their PC indoctrination.
    , @The Scalpel
    Thank you for the excellent synopsis. Although this information is easily available, it is not commonly known. This is a testament to the skewed representation of reality one gets by ogetting their information only from the mainstream media
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  2. @Dan Hayes
    Here is provided a very succinct and accurate history of recent U.S. involvements in Afghanistan. It is truly disturbing to review and ponder our tragic involvements in that unfortunate nation. But perhaps more unfortunate is the credulity of the American electorate who have allowed these events to occur!

    But perhaps more unfortunate is the credulity of the American electorate who have allowed these events to occur!

    They are fussing around with Safe Spaces and transgender toilets, and high school students are apparently completely clueless about current affairs or just repeat their PC indoctrination.

    Read More
  3. Washington cannot bear to admit defeat by tiny Afghanistan or see this strategic nation fall into China’s sphere.

    It’s happened already. China has connected Beijing to Afghanistan with a new railroad. Then on to Europe via Iran, etc. etc.

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  4. There are lies, and damned lies. We’ve degenerated to where we now only get the latter.

    Thanks for telling it like it is, Eric. Your one considerable advantage despite the deception arrayed all about us, is that it has the one thing they lack – the truth. Not a popular position to be in, these days.

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  5. Taliban, which had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11

    How do you know? Evidence please. How was it possible for the Al Quaeda to practice international terrorism from its base on Afghan soil without the active knowledge (if not connivance) of the Taliban leadership?

    The Taliban government was an abomination on the face of the planet. They reduced Afghan women to the status of slaves (in body bags.) The status of women had been steadily improving throughout the 20th century, and the Communist regime would have done much for women had they got the chance. The Taliban brought barbaric primitive justice to Afghan society: cutting hands, torturing, beheading, all done publicly in stadiums with attendance mandatory for the public. The Taliban destroyed the Bamiyan Buddha statues, and given more time would have destroyed much more of our world’s historical heritage.

    The Taliban deserved to be annihilated, and it’s a pity the US military and administration were too incompetent or too gullible (assuming Pakistan was an ally) to finish off the job.

    Ominously, the US is encouraging India to play a much larger role in Afghanistan, thus planting the seeds of a dangerous Pakistani-Indian-Chinese confrontation there.

    India has always been happy to contribute more to the Afghan effort. It’s the US that has prevented India from playing a bigger role because Pakistan is vehemently against it. Like it or not, a Pakistan-India-China confrontation already exists, albeit at a low key, and Indian involvement in Afghanistan will do little to change the status quo.

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    • Replies: @Miro23
    I agree with everything you say, and it's important to show the primitive intolerant Medievalist side of the Taliban.

    But still, the Taliban had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11.

    "How do you know? Evidence please."

    For the last 15 years researchers have been collecting and analyzing evidence from the 9/11 Tower collapses (structural failure, effects of fire, temperatures, residues, impact resistance, videos, witness evidence, seismic evidence etc.) and it is now possible to say beyond doubt that the three towers did not fall due to fire (the official story). Check http://www.ae911truth.org/ . Al Qaeda didn't do the months of lift shaft "renovation" prior to 9/11, or arrive with unmarked vans in the underground car parks after 3.00 am for most nights prior to 9/11.

    It's also now clear that the trainee Arab pilots from Florida had nothing like the ability to hijack a series of airliners simultaneously and fly them at the high speeds with the extreme maneuvers needed to hit the Towers.

    For one example, Capt. Russ Wittenberg actually flew two of these aircraft:

    “I flew the two actual aircraft which were involved in 9/11; the Fight number 175 and Flight 93, the 757 that allegedly went down in Shanksville and Flight 175 is the aircraft that’s alleged to have hit the South Tower.
    I don’t believe it’s possible for, like I said, for a terrorist, a so-called terrorist to train on a [Cessna] 172, then jump in a cockpit of a 757-767 class cockpit, and vertical navigate the aircraft, lateral navigate the aircraft, and fly the airplane at speeds exceeding it’s design limit speed by well over 100 knots, make high-speed high-banked turns, exceeding — pulling probably 5, 6, 7 G’s.
    And the aircraft would literally fall out of the sky. I couldn’t do it and I’m absolutely positive they couldn’t do it.”

    , @The Scalpel
    It's a pity that the US government kick started the Taliban and nurtured them as anti-communist or anti-Soviet or anti-Russia until 9/11
  6. “The Taliban government was an abomination on the face of the planet. They reduced Afghan women to the status of slaves (in body bags.) …”

    The treatment of women in India is much worse than in Afghanistan and India has one more abominable thing that Afghanistan does not have. And that is the Caste system. The Caste system is truly an abominable and disgusting thing and no civilized nation should tolerate its practice. You are right that India has always been happy to contribute more to the Afghan effort. But what is India’s movitation for doing this? For altrustic reason? India has no border with Afghanistan but has set up numerious embassies there to provide support for RAW agent operating there. India’s interest in Afghanistan is movitivated by two reasons. First is to counter Pakistan influence. Second is because of Hindu right wing ideologies that consider Afghanistan should really be part of India via its so called Akhand Bharat.

    Google ‘Akhand Bharat’ and look at the Wikipedia entry and see which other countries India think really should have been part of India. Basically India is saying whatever was once part of the British Empire should rightly be part of India.

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    • Replies: @Numinous

    The treatment of women in India is much worse than in Afghanistan
     
    If you really think that, you are nuts.

    The Caste system is truly an abominable and disgusting thing and no civilized nation should tolerate its practice.
     
    Every country has (or has had) a caste system, yours included. Yes, the Indian caste system has been an exceptionally abominable one over the centuries, notably because of the practice of untouchability, but (since you seem to still be living in the 19th century), it is my pleasure to inform you that untouchability was banned by law more than 60 years ago, and "caste" has no standing in the Indian judical system. We also have an intricate (and some would say over-the-top) system of affirmative action for former untouchables and our forest-dwelling aborigines.

    You are right that India has always been happy to contribute more to the Afghan effort. But what is India’s movitation for doing this?
     
    Read Mr. Margolis' column above. He says he's seen (with his own eyes) Pakistani training camps in Afghanistan geared towards producing jihadi fighters to target India in Kashmir. Given that Afghanistan is an open haven for anti-India terrorist activities conducted by our biggest enemy, I'd say that gives us ample reason to play a role in Afghanistan.

    Google ‘Akhand Bharat’ and look at the Wikipedia entry and see which other countries India think really should have been part of India. Basically India is saying whatever was once part of the British Empire should rightly be part of India.
     
    Did I say you were nuts? Saying 'Akhand Bharat' is a professed policy of 'India' is akin to saying that the KKK's fantasies are the professed policies of the USA. Our mainstream Hindutva parties have no truck with 'Akhand Bharat'. The only territory India claims that is not actually in Indian control right now is the part of Kashmir under Pakistani control (and the part that Pakistan ceded to China.) And that position is a bargaining chip; Pakistan likewise claims Indian-controlled Kashmir.

    Please start living in the real world!
  7. @Numinous

    Taliban, which had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11
     
    How do you know? Evidence please. How was it possible for the Al Quaeda to practice international terrorism from its base on Afghan soil without the active knowledge (if not connivance) of the Taliban leadership?

    The Taliban government was an abomination on the face of the planet. They reduced Afghan women to the status of slaves (in body bags.) The status of women had been steadily improving throughout the 20th century, and the Communist regime would have done much for women had they got the chance. The Taliban brought barbaric primitive justice to Afghan society: cutting hands, torturing, beheading, all done publicly in stadiums with attendance mandatory for the public. The Taliban destroyed the Bamiyan Buddha statues, and given more time would have destroyed much more of our world's historical heritage.

    The Taliban deserved to be annihilated, and it's a pity the US military and administration were too incompetent or too gullible (assuming Pakistan was an ally) to finish off the job.


    Ominously, the US is encouraging India to play a much larger role in Afghanistan, thus planting the seeds of a dangerous Pakistani-Indian-Chinese confrontation there.
     
    India has always been happy to contribute more to the Afghan effort. It's the US that has prevented India from playing a bigger role because Pakistan is vehemently against it. Like it or not, a Pakistan-India-China confrontation already exists, albeit at a low key, and Indian involvement in Afghanistan will do little to change the status quo.

    I agree with everything you say, and it’s important to show the primitive intolerant Medievalist side of the Taliban.

    But still, the Taliban had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11.

    “How do you know? Evidence please.”

    For the last 15 years researchers have been collecting and analyzing evidence from the 9/11 Tower collapses (structural failure, effects of fire, temperatures, residues, impact resistance, videos, witness evidence, seismic evidence etc.) and it is now possible to say beyond doubt that the three towers did not fall due to fire (the official story). Check http://www.ae911truth.org/ . Al Qaeda didn’t do the months of lift shaft “renovation” prior to 9/11, or arrive with unmarked vans in the underground car parks after 3.00 am for most nights prior to 9/11.

    It’s also now clear that the trainee Arab pilots from Florida had nothing like the ability to hijack a series of airliners simultaneously and fly them at the high speeds with the extreme maneuvers needed to hit the Towers.

    For one example, Capt. Russ Wittenberg actually flew two of these aircraft:

    “I flew the two actual aircraft which were involved in 9/11; the Fight number 175 and Flight 93, the 757 that allegedly went down in Shanksville and Flight 175 is the aircraft that’s alleged to have hit the South Tower.
    I don’t believe it’s possible for, like I said, for a terrorist, a so-called terrorist to train on a [Cessna] 172, then jump in a cockpit of a 757-767 class cockpit, and vertical navigate the aircraft, lateral navigate the aircraft, and fly the airplane at speeds exceeding it’s design limit speed by well over 100 knots, make high-speed high-banked turns, exceeding — pulling probably 5, 6, 7 G’s.
    And the aircraft would literally fall out of the sky. I couldn’t do it and I’m absolutely positive they couldn’t do it.”

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  8. @Dan Hayes
    Here is provided a very succinct and accurate history of recent U.S. involvements in Afghanistan. It is truly disturbing to review and ponder our tragic involvements in that unfortunate nation. But perhaps more unfortunate is the credulity of the American electorate who have allowed these events to occur!

    Thank you for the excellent synopsis. Although this information is easily available, it is not commonly known. This is a testament to the skewed representation of reality one gets by ogetting their information only from the mainstream media

    Read More
  9. @Numinous

    Taliban, which had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11
     
    How do you know? Evidence please. How was it possible for the Al Quaeda to practice international terrorism from its base on Afghan soil without the active knowledge (if not connivance) of the Taliban leadership?

    The Taliban government was an abomination on the face of the planet. They reduced Afghan women to the status of slaves (in body bags.) The status of women had been steadily improving throughout the 20th century, and the Communist regime would have done much for women had they got the chance. The Taliban brought barbaric primitive justice to Afghan society: cutting hands, torturing, beheading, all done publicly in stadiums with attendance mandatory for the public. The Taliban destroyed the Bamiyan Buddha statues, and given more time would have destroyed much more of our world's historical heritage.

    The Taliban deserved to be annihilated, and it's a pity the US military and administration were too incompetent or too gullible (assuming Pakistan was an ally) to finish off the job.


    Ominously, the US is encouraging India to play a much larger role in Afghanistan, thus planting the seeds of a dangerous Pakistani-Indian-Chinese confrontation there.
     
    India has always been happy to contribute more to the Afghan effort. It's the US that has prevented India from playing a bigger role because Pakistan is vehemently against it. Like it or not, a Pakistan-India-China confrontation already exists, albeit at a low key, and Indian involvement in Afghanistan will do little to change the status quo.

    It’s a pity that the US government kick started the Taliban and nurtured them as anti-communist or anti-Soviet or anti-Russia until 9/11

    Read More
  10. @DB Cooper
    "The Taliban government was an abomination on the face of the planet. They reduced Afghan women to the status of slaves (in body bags.) ..."

    The treatment of women in India is much worse than in Afghanistan and India has one more abominable thing that Afghanistan does not have. And that is the Caste system. The Caste system is truly an abominable and disgusting thing and no civilized nation should tolerate its practice. You are right that India has always been happy to contribute more to the Afghan effort. But what is India's movitation for doing this? For altrustic reason? India has no border with Afghanistan but has set up numerious embassies there to provide support for RAW agent operating there. India's interest in Afghanistan is movitivated by two reasons. First is to counter Pakistan influence. Second is because of Hindu right wing ideologies that consider Afghanistan should really be part of India via its so called Akhand Bharat.

    Google 'Akhand Bharat' and look at the Wikipedia entry and see which other countries India think really should have been part of India. Basically India is saying whatever was once part of the British Empire should rightly be part of India.

    The treatment of women in India is much worse than in Afghanistan

    If you really think that, you are nuts.

    The Caste system is truly an abominable and disgusting thing and no civilized nation should tolerate its practice.

    Every country has (or has had) a caste system, yours included. Yes, the Indian caste system has been an exceptionally abominable one over the centuries, notably because of the practice of untouchability, but (since you seem to still be living in the 19th century), it is my pleasure to inform you that untouchability was banned by law more than 60 years ago, and “caste” has no standing in the Indian judical system. We also have an intricate (and some would say over-the-top) system of affirmative action for former untouchables and our forest-dwelling aborigines.

    You are right that India has always been happy to contribute more to the Afghan effort. But what is India’s movitation for doing this?

    Read Mr. Margolis’ column above. He says he’s seen (with his own eyes) Pakistani training camps in Afghanistan geared towards producing jihadi fighters to target India in Kashmir. Given that Afghanistan is an open haven for anti-India terrorist activities conducted by our biggest enemy, I’d say that gives us ample reason to play a role in Afghanistan.

    Google ‘Akhand Bharat’ and look at the Wikipedia entry and see which other countries India think really should have been part of India. Basically India is saying whatever was once part of the British Empire should rightly be part of India.

    Did I say you were nuts? Saying ‘Akhand Bharat’ is a professed policy of ‘India’ is akin to saying that the KKK’s fantasies are the professed policies of the USA. Our mainstream Hindutva parties have no truck with ‘Akhand Bharat’. The only territory India claims that is not actually in Indian control right now is the part of Kashmir under Pakistani control (and the part that Pakistan ceded to China.) And that position is a bargaining chip; Pakistan likewise claims Indian-controlled Kashmir.

    Please start living in the real world!

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  11. It is not unheard of that women are doused with gasoline and set with fire by her inlaws if her family doesn’t have enough dowry. Tell me this is not disgusting.

    Whether Caste system is officially banned or not is irrelevant. What is relevant is it is still in practice. Dalits, OBCs, SC..are still living in the hell hole that is called India.

    India still has a long way to go to be considered a civilized country.

    With the exception of China India dominates every single of its neighbors to varying degrees. Yet to this day India still has border disputes with every single of its neighbors with the exception of Bangladesh. What does this tell you about India?

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    • Replies: @Numinous
    Again, you seem to have stopped following the news a few decades ago, or get your news from a very skewed media source.

    The practice of dowry was outlawed a long time ago, and it's VERY easy to file criminal charges against in-laws for even making a suggestion. In fact, there have been many documented abuses of this law in the recent past. No one condones dowry or bride-burning, just like I hope no right-thinking American condones the occasional perverted criminal act we see in the media from time to time. Stop thinking of anecdotes as evidence of systemic problems!

    Anyway, you seem to have a deep-seated animus towards India. I cannot cure that, and I realize I cannot argue you out of it. So, goodbye!
  12. @DB Cooper
    It is not unheard of that women are doused with gasoline and set with fire by her inlaws if her family doesn't have enough dowry. Tell me this is not disgusting.

    Whether Caste system is officially banned or not is irrelevant. What is relevant is it is still in practice. Dalits, OBCs, SC..are still living in the hell hole that is called India.

    India still has a long way to go to be considered a civilized country.

    With the exception of China India dominates every single of its neighbors to varying degrees. Yet to this day India still has border disputes with every single of its neighbors with the exception of Bangladesh. What does this tell you about India?

    Again, you seem to have stopped following the news a few decades ago, or get your news from a very skewed media source.

    The practice of dowry was outlawed a long time ago, and it’s VERY easy to file criminal charges against in-laws for even making a suggestion. In fact, there have been many documented abuses of this law in the recent past. No one condones dowry or bride-burning, just like I hope no right-thinking American condones the occasional perverted criminal act we see in the media from time to time. Stop thinking of anecdotes as evidence of systemic problems!

    Anyway, you seem to have a deep-seated animus towards India. I cannot cure that, and I realize I cannot argue you out of it. So, goodbye!

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    • Replies: @Marcus
    He's obviously the same poster who was using the moniker "U Thant" previously
    , @DB Cooper
    It IS a systemic problem. Whenever you see a report about some young woman had a kitchen accident because her sari caught fire, you KNOW she was doused with gasoline and set on fire by her in-laws.

    I never say this happen everyday and it happen much rarer now, but it does happen every so often. India has a long long way to go to be considered a civilized nation.
  13. @Numinous
    Again, you seem to have stopped following the news a few decades ago, or get your news from a very skewed media source.

    The practice of dowry was outlawed a long time ago, and it's VERY easy to file criminal charges against in-laws for even making a suggestion. In fact, there have been many documented abuses of this law in the recent past. No one condones dowry or bride-burning, just like I hope no right-thinking American condones the occasional perverted criminal act we see in the media from time to time. Stop thinking of anecdotes as evidence of systemic problems!

    Anyway, you seem to have a deep-seated animus towards India. I cannot cure that, and I realize I cannot argue you out of it. So, goodbye!

    He’s obviously the same poster who was using the moniker “U Thant” previously

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  14. @Marcus
    He's obviously the same poster who was using the moniker "U Thant" previously

    U Thot

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  15. City slicks who experience nature through flat screens appear to confuse war with persistently trying to bomb the Himalayan mountains into submission.

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    • Replies: @Talha
    LOL! Trying to bomb mountains into submission or Afghans has about the same pay off. But hey, we need to keep people employed, so roll them out!

    Took some of your advice and spent the weekend fixing the snowblower in preparation for Chicago winter. Had to take apart the carburetor (old fuel was skunking up the works - that'll teach me for not mixing stabilizer in my gasoline) and did a lot of testing on where any electrical failures may be happening. Ending up replacing the single spark plug. Only spent about $3, but it took me about 10 hours of labor to do everything myself. Learned a lot though! Hope your endeavors are proving fruitful as well.

    Peace.
  16. @mtn cur
    City slicks who experience nature through flat screens appear to confuse war with persistently trying to bomb the Himalayan mountains into submission.

    LOL! Trying to bomb mountains into submission or Afghans has about the same pay off. But hey, we need to keep people employed, so roll them out!

    Took some of your advice and spent the weekend fixing the snowblower in preparation for Chicago winter. Had to take apart the carburetor (old fuel was skunking up the works – that’ll teach me for not mixing stabilizer in my gasoline) and did a lot of testing on where any electrical failures may be happening. Ending up replacing the single spark plug. Only spent about $3, but it took me about 10 hours of labor to do everything myself. Learned a lot though! Hope your endeavors are proving fruitful as well.

    Peace.

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    • Replies: @mtn cur
    Chainsaw expert in my book on woodlot management says stabilizer is snake oil: burn or drain fuel at end of season and be sparing of fuel, adding as needed. Maybe I'll remember this year. If I ever get caught up, I am going to start a petition to move income tax day to April 1 and election day to Halloween.
  17. @Numinous
    Again, you seem to have stopped following the news a few decades ago, or get your news from a very skewed media source.

    The practice of dowry was outlawed a long time ago, and it's VERY easy to file criminal charges against in-laws for even making a suggestion. In fact, there have been many documented abuses of this law in the recent past. No one condones dowry or bride-burning, just like I hope no right-thinking American condones the occasional perverted criminal act we see in the media from time to time. Stop thinking of anecdotes as evidence of systemic problems!

    Anyway, you seem to have a deep-seated animus towards India. I cannot cure that, and I realize I cannot argue you out of it. So, goodbye!

    It IS a systemic problem. Whenever you see a report about some young woman had a kitchen accident because her sari caught fire, you KNOW she was doused with gasoline and set on fire by her in-laws.

    I never say this happen everyday and it happen much rarer now, but it does happen every so often. India has a long long way to go to be considered a civilized nation.

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    • Replies: @Marcus
    Sorry, the Western feminist myth of terrorized Indian women is just that, a myth. Certainly India has a long way to go, but using this meme shows you're more interested polemics than the actual problems.
    http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/indias-rape-epidemic-an-ugly-colonial-myth-reborn/16781
  18. @DB Cooper
    It IS a systemic problem. Whenever you see a report about some young woman had a kitchen accident because her sari caught fire, you KNOW she was doused with gasoline and set on fire by her in-laws.

    I never say this happen everyday and it happen much rarer now, but it does happen every so often. India has a long long way to go to be considered a civilized nation.

    Sorry, the Western feminist myth of terrorized Indian women is just that, a myth. Certainly India has a long way to go, but using this meme shows you’re more interested polemics than the actual problems.

    http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/indias-rape-epidemic-an-ugly-colonial-myth-reborn/16781

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  19. @Talha
    LOL! Trying to bomb mountains into submission or Afghans has about the same pay off. But hey, we need to keep people employed, so roll them out!

    Took some of your advice and spent the weekend fixing the snowblower in preparation for Chicago winter. Had to take apart the carburetor (old fuel was skunking up the works - that'll teach me for not mixing stabilizer in my gasoline) and did a lot of testing on where any electrical failures may be happening. Ending up replacing the single spark plug. Only spent about $3, but it took me about 10 hours of labor to do everything myself. Learned a lot though! Hope your endeavors are proving fruitful as well.

    Peace.

    Chainsaw expert in my book on woodlot management says stabilizer is snake oil: burn or drain fuel at end of season and be sparing of fuel, adding as needed. Maybe I’ll remember this year. If I ever get caught up, I am going to start a petition to move income tax day to April 1 and election day to Halloween.

    Read More
  20. @mtn cur
    Chainsaw expert in my book on woodlot management says stabilizer is snake oil: burn or drain fuel at end of season and be sparing of fuel, adding as needed. Maybe I'll remember this year. If I ever get caught up, I am going to start a petition to move income tax day to April 1 and election day to Halloween.

    Hey mtncur,

    Thanks for the advice!

    Peace.

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  21. I cannot say I like Islam, actually, the opposite, and if some accuse me that my dislike to Islam is because of my ignorance, I’d say I do not like it exactly because I know well that religion. But the very fact that Taliban banned drug production makes me sympathize those damned Islamists. Really only that one thing, the manyfold growth of opium production since 2001, makes me be against the US invasion of Afghanistan and for the Taliban regime (I hardly believe I’m saying this).

    After all, before 2001 those Afghanis lived quite happily. At least no worse than that they’ve been surviving and dying since 2001. After all, it does not matter if Taliban is “totalitarian” or “undemocratic”, why should it concern Americans? The medieval mentality and society of Afghanis is what they are, no one can and have the right to “correct” them according to some ideologies (the Soviets tried and failed). It is futile to bring the “Western values” to the people who will never, at least in the nearest future, live in a Western way. Let them live in their medieval state with Islam, Sharia, and what not. At least Islam with Sharia brought peace and order (and no drugs!) to that nation, unlike the chaos (and drugs!) brought with “Western democracy”.

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