Re: If we do get Afghanistan, what shall we do with it?

From: Mike Linksvayer (
Date: Thu Nov 22 2001 - 03:12:14 MST

On Wed, Nov 21, 2001 at 09:10:40AM -0800, Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:
> Sure, we've done some wrong things, but nothing even
> remotely close to unthinkable horrors of Pearl Harbor or WTC.

I don't know, I've thought about Pearl Harbor, WTC and far more
horrific events a fair bit.

The US carried out terrorist acts against American Indians for
well over a century. I'm sure that a number of these, considered
individually, were remotely close to WTC, perhaps even worse.

I suspect many other US actions in this past century would also
measure up to WTC, particularly actions in the Philippines, assorted
Central American and Caribbean countries, and Vietnam.

Although not a single, direct action, US policy has caused more
damage in Columbia alone than the US has experienced from all
terrorist actions to date.

Regarding the subject line: if the US and friends were to attempt
to mold the Afghan polity, I suggest Switzerland's model has more
to offer than does a strong central government.

  Mike Linksvayer

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