28th August 2012
19 people attacked USA on 9/11. USA has killed 20,000 Afghans. Is this not enough?
Supratim is aggrieved that I've called USA's bluff and have explicitly said that it has over-reached its mandate of DEFENSIVE WAR.
19 terrorists attacked US on 9/11 and killed 2,977 innocent people. But now, in the meanwhile, around 20,000 Afghans have been killed.
Were all these 20,000 Afghans involved in the attacks?
War is ONLY justified on defensive grounds.
I've detailed the grounds on which the state can take human life in a separate blog post today.
Supratim has suggested that some Taliban think the US is a Great Satan.
Well, that's not news! Millions of people think so (and some on good gorunds), and if US doesn't focus on defending human liberty but keeps attacking innocents, there could soon be millions more.
Supratim, just because someone has a bad opinion of USA is NOT license to invade and shoot (including with drones). That is NOT sufficient ground for DEFENSIVE war.
The goals and objects of a war must be defined at its outset. In this case the war was a DEFENSIVE WAR against an ORGANISATION (NOT nation) Al Qaeda.
Al Quaeda has long been degraded into a run-of-the-mill terrorist outfit. Is leader, who masterminded the attacks is long dead. He was made ineffective even before he died.
There is therefore NOT ONE REASON for USA to stay on in Afghanistan.
Supratim has asked: "First, is it your position then that the US must withdraw its troops without killing these enemies, return to the US and instead wait for them to attack the US again, before returning to Af?"
My response: YES.
When we fund our government for defence, we mean DEFENCE. Not offence. The Pentagon is a DEFENCE department, not offence department.
War should primarily be fought on our borders.
Today the USA has drones. The moment the Taliban (presumably these people are "violent, nihilistic and radical") come to the US border to attack Americans, American can launch a mini-drone against them. Poof! Over.
The Taliban have SIMPLY NO CAPABILITY OF ATTACKING USA.
The destruction of all Taliban soldiers is not a defensive action but offensive. It is an act of war. Taliban are, at least in their view, FULLY justified in attacking US soldiers on their soil.
There is SIMPLY NO COHERENT REASON for USA to stay on in Afghanistan. If it wants to stay, it must stay as a policeman, as part of a UN team. But then ALL violent action must be assessed by the judiciary. Obama can't keep pressing buttons on drone attacks like a WarCraft game-crazed teenager.
The idea of TAKING ENDLESS NUMBER OF HUMAN LIVES, without any limit on purpose/ justification, is not war. It is PURE EVIL.
The US risks being seen as an evil monster if it doesn't strictly limit its VIOLENCE against mankind.