It seems like more American troops will be on their way to Afghanistan. It’s been almost 16 years since we invaded that country to destroy Al-Qaeda and remove the Taliban, after the the events of September 11th 2001. Our country was pissed and it seemed like we would pretty much invade anywhere to show that we’re not to be messed with. The hunt for Osama had most of the country praising our military and our invasions of sovereign countries. American flags and never forgets were everywhere. There was a surge in enlistment and i’m guessing the big war contractors were excited about the new war that had no end in sight.
A couple years later our government got into the Weapons of Mass Destruction lies so that we could invade Iraq as well. All in the hopes that we could destroy “terrorism”. It’s extremely clear now that we had other motives when it came to invading Iraq. When you invade a sovereign country based upon proven lies it’s easy to think there must have been some other reason of us invading. After the invasion of Iraq we have created a new hotbed for terrorism. We have destabilized the middle east and created even more terrorists from our killing of innocent civilians. Big corporations made a lot of money while people on all sides died.
When we entered Afghanistan the Taliban was actually destroying Opium crops. Following an edict issued by the Taliban’s reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, declaring opium to be un-Islamic. In 2004 the poppy production would start an upward trend that has not dropped back to the 2001 low point of production. In 2001 reports suggested poppy production was down to 8,000 Hectares, compared to the 225,000 hectares in 2014. In 2016 it was at around 200,000 hectares. Needless to say, since we have been on the ground in Afghanistan production has increased immensely.
Once production started booming again under the watch of the US military, an opiate problem started hitting America and the rest of the world very hard. Big pharma was pushing opiates on anyone that had a sickness and once those people ran out of prescribed drugs, they hit the street. The Heroin epidemic seems to correlate very well with the timeline of increased opium production in Afghanistan. In my opinion i think there are some people tied to our government that are making a lot of money right now. If you think the US soldiers are guarding the fields or not, you must ask yourself why have we not destroyed those fields after having those crops ruin so many lives here in our country.
The war in Afghanistan is mostly forgotten by many Americans due to the constant barrage of other things to be worried about. We have been there since kids that are 15 were born. Out of sight out of mind. The new increase in troops to fight back against the Taliban is quite telling of our success in these 16 years. Have we made any progress? How long will these wars last? We have done an excellent job of destabilizing entire countries and giving terrorist plenty of room to grow. (Some with direct funding from the US)
In my opinion war against Terrorism is not suppose to end. It’s a way for companies to make big money and to push our agenda in the region. When you invade based upon lies there must always be some reason for war that we’re not told. It’s clear that these wars and invasions have not been the answer to “terrorism”. 16 years in and we are still sending more kids to potentially die. The idea of stopping terrorism with war just doesn’t seem to make much sense to me. I understand we can’t go back and fix the mistakes made by our government at this point, but can we stop ourselves from funding more mistakes in the future?