The war that time forgot

Source: CounterPunch
by Jeffrey St. Clair

"Most Americans have no idea why we are in Afghanistan; it’s the longest running Fake War in American history. Some, as many as 20 percent according to a Gallup Poll, have no idea that we are still in Afghanistan. Osama Bin Laden and Mullah Omar are both long dead. The shattered remnants of Al Qaeda have fled to Pakistan and parts unknown. Hamid Karzai has come and gone. For the last six months, the US hasn’t even troubled itself to send an ambassador to Kabul. A kind of convenient cultural amnesia has set in, abetted by a compliant press corps that has largely decamped from the Hindu Kush and now treats Afghanistan as if it is some kind of interstellar region, where photographers are occasionally dispatched to snap eerie debris clouds from the detonation of MOAB bombs." (08/25/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/08/25/the-war-that-time-forgot/

  • dL

    A kind of convenient cultural amnesia has set in, abetted by a compliant press corps that has largely decamped from the Hindu Kush and now treats Afghanistan as if it is some kind of interstellar region, where photographers are occasionally dispatched to snap eerie debris clouds from the detonation of MOAB bombs. It’s no wonder that the few Americans who continue to support the war cling to the delusion that Afghanistan orchestrated the 9/11 attacks. It is the War that Time Forgot.

    Yeah. I've been watching Original Star Trek on AP, and there is an episode, A Taste of Armageddon, that broaches this theme. Essentially, two civilizations that had reduced war to computer simulated casualty tallies on a screen. Although the simulated computer kills actually had to report for painless extermination, the external costs of the war were kept low enough to allow the war to continue unabated for 5 centuries. When Kirk dismantled the computer simulation, the Eminiar VII council leader cried, "now we will have to fight a real war that will destroy our civilization. We did this to avoid the horrors of war, to save our civilization!" Kirk replied, more or less, "if you had to directly confront the horrors of war, you would avoid fighting them. That's the lesson of an advanced civilization."

    Originally, "A Taste of Armageddon" was a commentary on the Vietnam War. But that one had a draft. Now, with a professional military, global reserve currency, central bank debt financing, today's Afghan War is the better real world analog.