I watched a documentary earlier today relating to the Vietnam war and the hearts and minds campaign which involved medical aid and assistance to local villages and its population including construction. My question is this it never worked then why would it work now in Iraq and Afghanistan? There was a comment from my father that made a lot of sense before I left for the Philippines when village elders were complaining that they had no school and that it was the allied forces responsibility to build one. But they never had a school before and now its our problem? The electricity is attacked by rebels but its our fault there is no electric yet it was us that repaired it in the first place? Not only with engineers but importing all the parts and securing they’re passage through Afghanistan to make it happen. Sorry but the hearts and minds just doesn’t work. What does is in Iraq the people are growing tired of being attacked and things being destroyed by various factions which is why there is stability growing. Question is could we have saved billions in aid for infrastructure and pointless programs as if we had just sat on our hands no doubt the same results would happen. People grow tired of war and start looking to form alliances and stability for all. I watched a highway that has near completion in Afghanistan and yet there was only the military vehicles on it. How does this service the population? How do you stop someone who was born into a world that is used to barbarian and medieval types of upbringings? simply don’t get involved. May sound the wrong answer but simply as a Western nature we have become a soft touch more concerned about the well being of populations of countries that want to damn us to hell than that of our troops. Hearts and minds cant be won on this type of war it is generations of brutal dictatorship and blind religion that has kept these countries in war for as long as I can remember. Friendship can only be extended to people who come in peace. I don’t expect a handshake with one hand and a dagger in my back with the other hand.
Tactical withdrawal is what we should be doing and stepping back out of a world we don’t belong in, one that hasn’t adapted with time and is used to rule by force. We cannot win any of these wars simply because our own population is not behind us aswell as the fact no one has a clue why we got into these locations except for Bush wanting to make some money on oil.