Is It Too Early To Withdraw Troops?

The war in Afghanistan must be fought.  With lives in danger and a country’s resources being used, people tend to forget what we fight for.  State leaders must recognize that the future stability of Afghanistan will directly affect the stability of the nations around it and the world’s super powers.  To let Afghanistan be lawless will only incubate the terrorist organizations and give them a heaven to train and plan attacks on the diversified culture of the world.  For the Afghan people, they don’t want the Taliban or al Qaeda ruling with an iron fist in their country.  After Afghanistan fought for women’s rights and equality, the Taliban took control and forced women to quit their jobs, to stop going to school and forced them to be almost property, the Taliban’s Islam is not supported by the world’s Muslims.  The Afghan population lives in fear of the Taliban and the Taliban constantly under minds the populations’ effort to become a peaceful and productive society in the 21st century.   With a new strategy for U.S. and NATO forces this war can be fought and won by the Afghan people backed by worldwide support.  From these facts I will prove that the war in Afghanistan is worth fighting to protect the Afghans and to preserve the world’s freedom.

As the United States takes the world stage at the forefront of combating terrorism, national security is a huge issue.  Any country’s stability will affect the U.S. and the ability to protect her people.  Afghanistan is an immense security issue, “A fragmented, war-torn, or Taliban-ruled Afghanistan would offer both al Qaeda and Pakistani Taliban a plush sanctuary with greater freedom of movement. . .” (The Washington Post online).  In this struggle against terrorism, it is imperative to see that the neighboring countries of Afghanistan can be infected like a virus of which the terrorist organizations can branch out and create national hardships for any country.  With these kinds of opportunities for the enemy it will take little time and resources until the insurgents can further their terrorist agenda on a worldwide scale.  With other countries like Pakistan, who has a nuclear warfare capability, the nation’s stability is being affected by current events. It is important to contain the threat, before the terrorists are able to acquire these weapons.  “It is the future stability of this nuclear-armed neighbor that demands our presence and our perseverance in Afghanistan” (online).

Prior to the Taliban taking over Afghanistan, the country was on its way to becoming a peaceful and a free nation.  As the Taliban took control of the government, women were some of the first groups to be targeted by the regime.  “The assault on the status of women began immediately after the Taliban took power in Kabul. The Taliban closed the women's university and forced nearly all women to quit their jobs. . . It restricted access to medical care for women, brutally enforced a restrictive dress code, and limited the ability of women to move about the city” (Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor online).  Violent acts of rape, abductions and forced marriage were all across the country and some Afghan families resorted to sending their women to Pakistan and Iran to escape the Taliban.  Daily life for all Afghans soon changed.  Every citizen was ruled by an iron fist caused by fear and violence.   One man, Najeeb, was only defending himself against a Taliban policeman on the street when Najeeb hit the man.  “Najeeb stood on the street, shaking, unable to believe what he had just done.  He believed he had just signed his own death warrant.  He knew that if he was tortured by the Taliban, he would not walk for a year.  His neighbor had been arrested and beaten about his genitals.  The man was now paralyzed” (Stanton 127).   Soon the Taliban forced a religion that was thought to be against what the Koran teaches and the worlds Muslims realized that the Taliban’s practice was a dishonor to their faith. “Rocky did not understand why the Taliban made religion seem like a jail.  They didn’t let women go to school or work.  If a women’s husband died, she had to beg on the street: ‘For the sake of God, give me money!’ Often she and her children would starve” (Stanton 274).  For the people of Afghanistan, their country turned into a prison with no escape and no hope in the foreseeable future.

To win this war in Afghanistan, state officials and leaders must rethink our strategy.  This war that we are fighting in the 21st century is like no other in the past.  With awesome technology at our disposal and a new type of enemy, every day the war goes on, military forces are learning new ways to combat terrorism.  However, state leaders are focusing on conventional military strategy.  This would have worked in World War II but today it only undermines the effort in Afghanistan. “Years of strategic neglect and severely limited resources have seriously undermined U.S. and NATO efforts in Afghanistan” (Washington Post online). This enemy does not wear uniforms; it hides in the shadows, behind its civilians.  There are no frontlines or battlefields, only ambushes and skirmishes take place.  In order to effectively take out the terrorists, our forces must be micromanaged less to be able to move and act more quickly to ensure fast response and to take targets of opportunity.  We need more Special Operations Forces on the ground to conduct unconventional warfare and counter terrorism missions while providing the Afghan government with foreign internal defense programs.  Most importantly we must win the trust and confidence of the Afghan people by working with and through them.  The country’s stability will depend on the U.S. and Afghan efforts to teach Afghanistan’s military forces to use resources properly.  We must work together to improve and provide a civil infrastructure to power the population and warrant against the terrorist organization from conscripting poor locals into terrorist training camps.  Furthermore, establish and unite all Afghan tribes and people under a common and elected government to ensure a national effort by her people to maintain their freedom and from the terrorist agenda.

The war in Afghanistan has been on many headlines throughout the years, some with good news others with bad, some supporting it while others are pleading to send the troops home.  This war cannot be fought with words or from standoff distances in the Gulf.  This war and what it’s trying to prevent is so important that we must stay and fight for the local Afghans, because by protecting them we are protecting our citizens, and the world’s citizens from further attacks of terrorism.  As a country that was born in war by trying to protect our freedoms, we lead the way for the rest of the world to follow.  We bring the light in the land of darkness whose only goal is to make people suffer from under their rule.  The people of Afghanistan want to be free and live without fear.  The Afghan women want to go to school, get jobs and be a productive part of society.  The selflessness that the local Afghans show as they train and fight for their country goes above and beyond any work ethic, give them time and the right resources with the help U.S. and NATO forces, we will prevail in stopping the terrorist agenda and crush the organizations that brings misery.  This war in Afghanistan is worth fighting and its worth fighting not just for the Afghans but for the U.S. as well.