Hearts and minds

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.

4 comments for “Hearts and minds

  1. expat
    March 10, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    you had a good point until the oil part at the end. We havent gotten a drop of oil from them, they’ve been selling it to be sure, but not to the US or US companies. China mostly. Even the northern oil fields in Kirkuk are mostly allocated to China. Theres a tiny area that being drilled by a Texas oil company, but only drilled and maintaining. All the oil reconstruction projects (RIO) were done by KBR in the beginning but almost all of that money went to local purchasing and labor – as is required by the FAR.

    Really, the only people that made any money were the employees with high saleries.

  2. expat
    March 10, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    you had a good point until the oil part at the end. We havent gotten a drop of oil from them, they’ve been selling it to be sure, but not to the US or US companies. China mostly. Even the northern oil fields in Kirkuk are mostly allocated to China. Theres a tiny area that being drilled by a Texas oil company, but only drilled and maintaining. All the oil reconstruction projects (RIO) were done by KBR in the beginning but almost all of that money went to local purchasing and labor – as is required by the FAR.

    Really, the only people that made any money were the employees with high saleries.

  3. admin
    March 11, 2009 at 6:23 am

    What about companies such as Black Water that picked up contracts worth more than $500 Million in contracts?

    The people of Iraq will be left to pick up the tab sooner or later and its mainly American companies that got the work.

    Oil is closely linked to the dollar and this is what is the main reasons for the Iraq conflict in the first place. As it doesnt matter who is buying as long as its traded in Dollars and countries need to keep a large stock of Dollars for its fuel needs. Iran has started trading in Euros I wonder where the next conflict is likely to happen?

    My topic was cut short that day which is why I left it at just oil.. But the truth is its all about the money.. not for you or me but the rich staying rich.

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    March 11, 2009 at 6:23 am

    What about companies such as Black Water that picked up contracts worth more than $500 Million in contracts?

    The people of Iraq will be left to pick up the tab sooner or later and its mainly American companies that got the work.

    Oil is closely linked to the dollar and this is what is the main reasons for the Iraq conflict in the first place. As it doesnt matter who is buying as long as its traded in Dollars and countries need to keep a large stock of Dollars for its fuel needs. Iran has started trading in Euros I wonder where the next conflict is likely to happen?

    My topic was cut short that day which is why I left it at just oil.. But the truth is its all about the money.. not for you or me but the rich staying rich.