Because I’m not General McChrystal (who, in my opinion, should be fired), I have no problem criticizing the way we are executing the War in Afghanistan. As someone who has had friends killed and injured in the “Wars on Terrorism”, I’m not simply a passive critic. My friends tell me of the huge ordeal they must endure to do what would be (in previous wars) and should be (in these) routine exercises in killing the enemy and destroying their hiding places. They are often told that they can’t attack a suspected terrorist/taliban hiding place because it might contain civilians. In at least one case, the soldiers approached it, having been denied permission to destroy it, and when they did, the Taliban fighter opened fire killing one soldier and wounding others. A simple, 60-second missile attack would have saved the life of an American soldier — but it was not politically correct to do so.
Additionally, even those we are bent on “liberating” have a hatred for our faith, our values and our culture that is every bit as extreme as those who crashed planes across our landscape on September 11th, nearly a decade ago. Take a few moments and read THIS article from Mindy Belz at World Magazine. It certainly makes me ask the question, “Why are we fighting to liberate people who despise us?”. I, for one, would have no interest in sending my sons into a battle where their lives would be risked so that those we are protecting could call for the murder of our Christian family.
If we’re not going to fight this war right — then bring the boys home. This is ludicrous!