Friday, March 14, 2008


While I hate the use of the term "The Mission" in the context of our presence in Afghanistan (to the extent of sometimes putting a "tm" beside it), it's been effectively sold as just such a thing.
A "missionary" activity, bringing the benefits of Western liberalism to the starving and oppressed people of Afghanistan.

We're not at "war" with the Taliban. We're supposedly suppressing a medieval insurgency while assisting the elected government of President Karzai, in his heroic attempts to modernize and democratize his backward land.

Truth be told, I don't think that even the elites see Afghanistan as all that strategically important at a geo-political level. That's why bush II has generally neglected it.
Iraq and Afghanistan help to surround Iran, and project power out towards Russia, Pakistan, and China as well, but I don't think it's crucial to pacify the country, just prop-up a government that permits airbases.

Canada got into this to curry favour with the USians, and now, as was pointed out recently on a lot of Canadian defence contractors have seen the lucrative possibilities of a war without end.

It's certainly red meat for the slavering morons who gravitate towards the Conservative Party.


Alison said...

Can't get your ZNet link to load, Thwap.
Perversely I do sometimes call it "The Mission" - sounds like a movie, sold like a movie.

thwap said...


I fixed the link. (You've probably read the article anyway, I imagine.)

pretty shaved ape said...

i say thwap, did you announce the birth of a new sproggie over in our comments? if so many congratulations!

thwap said...

I announced it on June 26th. Live-posted on b&r and enmasse at the time.