Posted by: ilaksh | September 11, 2009

September 2001: Realistic Explanations for the War in Afghanistan

In fact, we are not eliminating poppy fields.

UN Report Shows Afghan Opium Production At Record Level

US/UK Soldiers guard the poppy fields with armed patrols. “Although the poppy fields are beautiful to look at, 2 Para Patrols Platoon are on guard at all times.”

The Taliban banned opium in 2001

February 2001 Taliban Seem to Be Making Good on Opium Ban, U.N. Says

September 26 2001 Taliban Lifts Ban On Opium Production

Opium production history chart

To actually answer the question, what is the reason we are in Afghanistan, I will give the only explanations that make sense to me: 1) heroin — Drugs = money; 2) control over fossils fuels; 3) control over territory (empire); 4) human attraction to war

1. Heroin — Drugs = Money

CIA opium smuggling Afghanistan

CIA Venezuelan US cocaine delivery

Narco Aggression: Russia accuses the U.S. military of involvement in drug trafficking out of Afghanistan

Hamid Karzai appointed president of Afghanistan under UN auspices in Germany

Reports link Karzai’s brother to heroin trade

Afghan Forces Confiscate Opium Cache, Capture Taliban Commander

Afghanistan: President Karzai Pardons Convicted Drug Traffickers

2. Control over fossil fuels

Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan Natural Gas Pipeline Project

Central Asia pipeline deal signed December 2002

3. Control over territory

Strategic rivalry and conflict between the British Empire and the Russian Empire for supremacy in Central Asia

4. Human attraction to war

How did all of these aggressive, largely unethical motivations result in an invasion and continued occupation? The best explanation I have heard is the theory given in the book The Psychology of War : Comprehending Its Mystique and Its Madness.

Basically, the idea is that ‘mythical thinking’ (as opposed to observation and rational thought) makes it possible to engage in activities (wars) that solve the most basic age-old human dilemma: the conflict between self and the group.

Put yourself in the position of U.S. leaders who see all of these strategic goals in Afghanistan.

What do you think would have been the reaction if they had simply presented all of these reasons and asked the American public for permission to invade Afghanistan on this basis in September 2001?


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