From: Mike Lorrey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Jan 02 2002 - 19:23:17 MST
"Michael M. Butler" wrote:
> I know! Let's import a numerical majority of civilized Europeans as permanent
> residents! Then the fighting will magically stop because they're so civilized!
To paraphrase one particular self-proclaimed 'civilized' european: The
problem with Afghanistan is that it is full of Afghans (not blankets).
What I find so interesting is that the recent US-Afghan campaign is a
demonstration in progress showing it is possible to bomb a country from
the Stone Age into the 20th Century in a few months. "The future of
warfare is here, it is simply accurate force distribution."
Interviews by military reporters of Afghan commanders shows a general
amazement with the effectiveness and accuracy (compared to past
technologies) of US military power with minimal ground investment, and
when it comes to such warriors, impressing them with the juju of your
weapons and tactics quickly translates into respect for your martial
prowess and political wisdom. Understanding may still be lacking, but
not respect. Respect is fine, because it gives parties time to learn
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