POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN THE TORONTO GLOBE AND MAIL
Needed by whom?
We are only there to please the Pentagon.
Nothing has been achieved in Afghanistan of lasting value.
Of course, some of the people there like having us, and why not with all that money and goodies being spread around by troops?
No one with any knowledge believes you can change the workings of an ancient society in a few years.
You can't even change an advanced society's customs in a few years. Look at our consumer habits vis-a-vis global warming.
Saying you can remodel Afghanistan is the literal equivalent of saying you could step into 15th century Spain and turn around a society of nunneries, cloisters, burning heretics, and deporting Arabs and Jews.
You can never do enough for America's insane paranoia. Just look at the police state measures underway down there.
Again, Britain and others only went in because they literally feared America's launching atomic weapons on Afghanistan at the time.
It was insane from the beginning. Observant witnesses realized America didn't even know what to do once it got there, and they still don't.