The Blood Price of Afghanistan

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All this will go unmentioned until much later when it will show up in occasional novels and fictionalized histories of the conflict. And those will be buried beneath the latest bit of ethnic literature from the Muslim world consumed by Oprah book club members and New York Times reviewers alike that teaches what a deep reserve of spirituality can be found in lovely places like  Kandahar.

For now the outrage machine grinds on. The Taliban have sworn to take revenge, as if they weren’t already launching attacks as often as possible. As if there is any outrage at all involved in a region where it is a worse thing to burn a book than murder a little girl. For the faithful students of Allah, shooting a bunch of people is hardly worth a yawn. It shows a lack of imagination.

Bullets aren’t enough to satisfy the cruelty and sadism of a Taliban fighter for the Islamic Emirate which gloried in scenes such as these. “We would beat them with staves soaked in water – like a knife cutting through meat – until the room ran with their blood or their spines snapped. Then we would leave them with no food or water in rooms filled with insects until they died.”

That probably won’t make it into the next Oprah book club bestseller, but we can rest easy knowing that even when all the troops are back home, some of the perpetrators of these acts, will be here in America as we bring a sizable bit of Afghanistan home with us, just as we brought a sizable bit of Iraq with us. And all those little Kandahars and little Mogadishus and little Gazas will insure that the next time we need to fight the Taliban, we will only have to go as far as Minneapolis or Paterson.

On the way out, Obama will show up quickly, shake a few hands, sign some autographs and tell the troops they did good. No one will be allowed to ask him what they did, besides bleed and patrol a barren murderous land for a decade, just long enough to give a few girls in Kabul some hope, and then hand the country back over to the Taliban and return home with our dead.

What did we really do in Afghanistan? We killed some tribesmen, dug some wells and handed out a lot of money to other tribesmen in the hopes that they wouldn’t kill us. We learned some new languages, took a lot of dramatic photos and buried some loved ones. For a brief period of time we put the fear of God into the Taliban and Al-Qaeda when we roared like lions, before we learned to drink cups of tea, to dig wells and play hide and seek with unarmed civilians slash Taliban fighters.

We didn’t leave behind so many bodies because the Taliban are excellent fighters or because our soldiers aren’t good at what they do. The numbers alone tell the tale, the bloody Afghan surge where our men and women were sent out with their hands tied behind their backs, in a final sacrifice, to win hearts and minds with their lives, is one long body count whose responsibility lies with Obama and his advisers. The more he cut them off from air support and choked with inflexible rules of engagement, the more they died.

They didn’t die this way to protect America– they died to protect Muslim feelings, Muslim honor and tamp that ever flowing red spring of Muslim outrage.

Saudi Arabia, which runs our foreign policy, places a blood price value of approximately 80,000 dollars on a Muslim man, 40,000 for a Muslim woman or Christian man, which goes to show how much contempt Muslim men have for Muslim women by equating them in value to a Dhimmi man. If you’re in the mood to kill a non-Muslim woman, that will run you less than 900 dollars which helps explain the high fatality rate among maids in Saudi Arabia.

But the question is what value do we place on our lives? We have paid the blood price of Afghanistan a thousand times over and gotten nothing but blood in return. It is time that we consider striking a better bargain with our wars so that those who come to kill us pay the blood price.

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  • Kaiy

    What sort of poorly written (IEDs, not IED’s), poorly researched example of the malignant tumuor, ‘Internet journalism’, is this? Overtly inflammatory, insulting and racist, as well…”dusty Afghan towns; Afghans bringing in large families, smuggling cigarettes and engaging in wire fraud”. Just, wow.

    • Ewm

      Why is it poorly written ? Are you equating a misplaced comma with a lack of truth in the article? The Taliban do find being killed by western troops very inflammatory ,Afghan towns by and large are dusty. You do seem more concerned with scoring liberal points rather than considering what Daniel has written. Inflammatory, Racist, Insulting, ? …To whom?… It would be wonderful to poll the troops who actually fought in Afghanistan and see who they agree with

    • Ron Carnine

      Dear Kaiy, calling a a town "dusty" and reporting that people engage in certain acts isn't insulting or racist or even inflammatory. It simply is reporting what happens there. The soldier who shot civilians is innocent until proven guilty. He hasn't had a trial yet. If he is mentally ill then he should be found innocent. PTSD is a horrible disease and it causes you to see things that aren't there and then to act irrationally against them. If this is what happened to this soldier then he isn't responsible for his actions. As far as killing children, you must remember that in Islamic society strapping a bomb to a child has happen over and over again.
      I would like to tell you a story that is true and really happened to me. It happened right here in the good ole USA. I am a retired LEO. While I was patrolling, I saw a small (2yr old) child on the porch of a house. As I normally do, I waved and smiled. This little kid flipped me the bird. Where does a child get such a hatred for the police? His parents. His family. What will he be like when he hits 13? Now if a child can be raised with such hatred in this country, think of what hatred can be developed in a war torn country? Its no wonder a child overcomes his natural fear of dying and thinks for a child blowing up American troops is an honorable thing to do. This is why young kids get shot. So why don't you wait for the truth to come out before you condemn this writer. The soldier, he is innocent until proven guilty. This goes for you too "RealAmerican".

  • Alvaro

    "American soldiers are there to free the Afghan people from the Taliban rule"

    That statement is so 2001… Joe Biden says Taliban is not even the enemy, and the US has helped the Taliban set up an office in Qatar to pave the way for peace talks.

    I don't know what the hell ISAF is doing there any more if the Taliban isn't the enemy. Obviously someone else have been shooting at them and planting IEDs for over a decade. Who on earth could that be? In any case: What a giant misunderstanding. I am so glad we got that sorted out.

    Obama should really apologize again for his former hostile acts against the Taliban, dig deep in his pockets and maybe pay a trillion dollars in jizya… erm.. compensation.

    Just before they leave, the troops should do something to get their moods up. What better things to do than attend a few public executions in Kabul. Maybe watching a naughty man having the nerve to drink alcohol getting hoisted by his neck by a crane. They could all have a good laugh together, take photos and point at the man up in the air kicking his own sandals off.

    Or maybe join in on a stoning of an adulteress. The shovels that formerly were used to bury IEDs are not used with joy to dig a hole in the ground while the whole ISAF and Taliban is are waiting with pointy rocks in their itchy hands, ready to make good throws.

    The night ends with a joyful embrace, and everyone parts as friends.

  • oldtimer

    How about the Ft.Hood incident? Didn't the administration state that it was workplace violence? Another slap in the face of the American citizens and especially our military.

  • LotusL

    Oh, the old Bill Maher called Sarah Palin the "c" word routine. What the right does best, deflect. It is all you have left.

    No mention in the article of the Kill Team, from the same Lewis-McChord base as this solder. Check out Rolling Stones article and explain to me why there are not more attacks on our soldiers. Imagine if someone invaded our country for some past bloodshed we have committed and occupied us for 10 years. What would we do?

    I once believed in God, I loved the teachings of Christ but the right wing has shown me that Christianity is a farce. Christianity has morphed into a belief that you are special. , chosen by God to have guns, war and any resource in the world that is desired. .

    • tagalog

      I don't suppose the fact that Muslim extremists in both Afghanistan and Iraq have killed more Iraqis and Afghans than Americans have, by several orders of magnitude, makes any difference.

    • Harry

      You equate God with the political aspirations of the right. You haven't understood or really read your bible then. Jesus never once got involved in the political asperations of others. His responses to political questions was to "give to caesar what is caesar's." God is beyond the politics of our world, but he is not beyond the individual humans that occupy this planet. It is the individual that He loves and calls, not the power and authority of some government agency and the egotisical power hungry political hacks running the show who call on their god for support. The claim people make that God is on their side means nothing. It is the one who claims God that is important, but the one who God claims as His that is the end word. God is Love. Men are stupid, greedy, capricious, arrogant and presuming. Why He loves yet is the mystery.

    • curmudgeon

      imagine someone invading our country? imagine? i dont have to imagine. muslims are here, and our treasonous government invited them, and our treasonous government will not send them home. i dont have to imagine the murderous barbarians invading our country. they are here, at our government's request, subsidized by our treasonous government, and already killing and abusing americans just for sport. the real killing will begin when the government sponsored, government protected, government subsidized barbarians gain the majority. imagine, you say. you are a fool.

  • maturin20

    There's no good way out of a bad war.

    • mrbean

      Sorry, despite Hannabal, the Romans at Carthage proved otherwise!

  • mrbean

    Listen and learn you twinkle toed liberal f__ktwit. In war bad things happen and better that it happens to them instead of the American Soldiers. The combat soldiers have far too many tours of duty with candyassed Harvard mother's boys making up ridiculous rules of engagement that are getting alot of soldiers killed. Thatmeans a few are bound to crack and go on a rampage. And this nation building crap for Muslims is suicidal idiocy. America is in war with Talibans not with Afghan people you say – perhaps you missed the street demonstrations by these Muslim fanatics over the Quran burnings and the murdering of 4 soldiers. I would kill 'em all and let Allah sort 'em out,

    • Roger

      When we can reliably and effectively know who is the extremist muslim over the 'peaceful' muslim then these kinds of things won't happen.

      But until then this is what might happen when their militants hide behind civilians constantly.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    America is in war with Talibans not with Afghan people. American soldiers are there to free the Afghan people from the Taliban rule,

    I hate to rain on your incredibly naïve and gullible parade moonbat, but all Muslims on the planet are the eternal mortal enemy of all non-Muslin unbelievers in the world, otherwise they are not Muslims at all, but instead blasphemous apostates that per the dictates of mainstream orthodox Islam must be executed, and that includes the millions of Muslims living in America as a fifth column of covert jihadists as well. Oh, and by the way, in case you are too dense to figure it out, it also includes those Afghanis you claim we are supposed to be freeing from the Taliban.

    Apparently, after 11 long years of nothing but abject failure in Afghanistan, you aren't astute enough to figure out yet that every last false fantasy based PC multicultural myth and misconception about Islam that the Afghanistan occupation was premised on are all false, including the biggest one of all, the existence of so-called moderate Muslims, as all Muslims on earth are either covert and deceptive non-violent jihadists, by far the largest contingent, or otherwise violent jihadists, the smaller contingent.

    You got a long way to go bud, especially since apparently you are slow as molasses. Of course, that obvious nasty bad habit you have of emoting as opposed to rationalizing is one of the biggest reasons you are so damn slow.

  • ASG

    Great article. Thank you for you unwavering support Daniel.

  • David

    What is the purpose of war? To defeat your enemy. What has the American Gov run by people who have given away there reason for belief in the Godless left ideology done? Go to a nation of people who believe in the doctrines of devils ` Islam, whose culture will never change until they deliver themselves from that hateful ideology ` Islam, and try to make them become the friends of America

  • David

    A little child can tell the difference between a cute little dog he can play with and a dog infected with rabies that will tare him to pieces, but the intellectuals and the duds in Gov do not understand what they face in a fanatical enemy. Let me tell you the difference between Christians and Muslims and it is very easy to verify this for yourself if you take the time to do the reading. In both religions you have the true and the hypocrite believer

  • David

    . First the true Christian strives to live his life firstly for God the Lord Jesus Christ and then his fellow man. Then you get the hypocrite Christian who belong to the vast majority of professed Christians, who says that he is a Christian but he only lives for himself, his honour his pleasure his will. He loves the world and the things of the world. Kind of like real Levi jeans and fake Levi jeans the label says Levi but only one is true, and this is the message from God that the hypocrites hope will perish.

  • David

    Now the Mohammedans faith is the same in some ways. The true Muslim will live his life for Allah and the cause of Allah, he will not rest until every breathing human being on the face of the earth will submit to or be in complete subjugation to the teachings of Mohamed. To achieve his end the true Muslim will lie for lying is commanded by his God Allah to further Allah’s cause, he will blow himself up in the midst of his fellow human beings to go to his Gods heaven of lust because his God commands him to kill the unbelievers to the last.

  • David

    Then you get the Hypocrite Muslim who claims to believe in the Koran and the rest of Mohamed’s life teachings, but he says that he does not condone the murder of civilians through jihad, that Islam is the religion of peace, that true Islam teaches respect for woman and other cultures. The only problem for the Hypocrite Muslim is that he is become a blasphemer of his own religion and its prophet and that Allah is against him according to the Koran and Mohamed’s teachings. Finally when you hear of wars and rumours of wars of trouble and unrest there is a more than 90% chance that Islam is somewhere in the equation.

  • SoCalMike

    Greenfield spells it out and says it like it is.
    He may singlehandedly save American journalism from extinction.
    I think people who take umbrage with his message simply don't like hearing the facts while others are so conditioned to the propaganda pollution of the main stream they feel uneasy in the presence of pure unadulterated truth.
    To those folks I say "Give my best to Jason Blair and Walter Duranty."

  • KarshiKhanabad

    "Rolling Stone as an irrelevant music magazine run by hippies"

    That's just what it is. What's your point?

  • j12rez

    For all you people supporting this author, let me ask you a question: If China invaded the US and tried to install a pro-China dictator, would you fight back? If you answered yes, you are no better than the Afghani soldiers you criticize.

    • Ewm

      To the best of my knowledge China has never attempted to fly jets into buildings or infested the planet with suicide bombers. Are you saying Hamid Karzai is a US installed pro Afghan dictator? As far as I am aware he is a Pashtun and elected.. What Afghan "soldiers" are you talking about? Do you mean the Taliban who actually were a pro Afghan dictatorship? No moral equivalence there then as far as I can see. In fact as I write I see the Taliban have just blown up and killed another 4 women and 9 children with an IED. Well done guys, nothing like fighting those pesky invaders…

  • Flowerknife_us

    Fundimental change=changing sides.

  • Wesley69

    Time to leave this God-forsaken country, but before we leave, we need to take home or destroy everything we built or brought to that country. They want to live in the 7th Century, fine. They try attacking us, its back to the Stone Age for them.

    Obama, your strategy has failed. You never intended to win. Now, the Taliban, who won't even negotiate with you, are spitting in your face. You and YOU ALONE have lost Afghanistan, along with Iraq and Egypt.

  • Tanstaafl

    In the past 1400 years, Muslims have killed an estimated 280 million infidels.

  • outseln

    LOLOL, really then tell the Afghan people to stop killing their own……..they just blew up 50 more people oh, it was their own people………they have be fighting and killing each other for THOUSANDS OF YEARS………yeah, they have…………12th Century mentality, they don't live in the world of today……….excuse me with all your f-ing words……and swearing……… don't sound to bright either………..where did you put your rug………ummmm……..need help finding it..?

    This is one American………that wishes this Hero well !!! Bite on that