Afghan National Police help transport an injured citizen from eastern Kandahar Province's Maruf District to a hospital in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, Jan. 3, 2011. ISAFMedia
Writing in the Boston Globe, H.D.S. Greenway, has retrieved a charming historical factoid and applied it to current events:
He goes on to rehash the obvious: once immediate vengeance was achieved by sending bin Laden and Mullah Omar scampering for the hills, the U.S. has never quite known what its Afghan war aims might be. (Journalist Gareth Porter has argued persuasively that Afghanistan was used by some U.S. enthusiasts for NATO as an excuse for preserving that obsolete European alliance. This does seem like going far afield.)
Not surprisingly, Afghans don't know why we are fighting them and occupying parts of their country either. According to a study by the International Council on Security and Development reported in the International Business Times,
Not too surprising that you can't sell your narrative if you can't figure out what it is yourself. The whole mess would be humorous if lives and livelihoods were not being destroyed every day it continues.