When you ask many of the liberal left where they stood on the invasion of Iraq, they’re always dead against it. When it comes to Afghanistan however, it’s a different story. Many that were against the invasion of Iraq have some perverse idea that invading Afghanistan was perfectly justified.
This is a natural result of being brainwashed by the mainstream media who, what a coincidence, take the same viewpoint. Virtually the entire mainstream media are united nowadays in criticising the invasion of Iraq but consider bombing Afghanistan was perfectly justified. What perverse logic this is.
Why is the bombing Afghanistan justified when, as George Bush himself acknowledges, 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9-11 were from Saudi Arabia? Of the other 4, one was an Egyptian, one was Lebanese and two were from the Union of Arab Emirates. Why then bomb Afghanistan? Some even say that the bombing of Afghanistan was planned before 9-11 anyway.
The truth is, the bombing of Afghanistan served merely to kill and impoverish those that were in poverty and to replace one bunch of brutes, The Taliban, with another, The Northern Alliance. It also, as Noam Chomsky points out, served to give the US some international “credibility”in the same way that a mafia boss kills indiscriminately to show people who is boss.
The occupation of Afghanistan still continues today by the US and it’s allies. We hardly hear about the occupation of Iraq anymore but Afghanistan virtually never unless a Western soldier is killed in action. Robert Fisk’s latest article is a good read on why the US will never beat the Taliban (seems like the Northern Alliance didn’t last long then) no matter how long it remains in Afghanistan.