I received a notification from a group I sometimes attend. A woman, who I didn’t really know, lost her son in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan.
Although I don’t know this woman, I can almost imagine what she’s going through. And may I ask for what? Why are we still in Afghanistan? I’m not really clear on the reasons. Is anybody?
Rachel Maddow just wrote a book called Drift which addresses several problems. One of them is how disconnected the American public has become from the wars that we’ ve sent our young people to fight in during the last 10 years. We don’t think about it much; until we hear someone —so much like us— has lost a son in a senseless suicide bombing.
Think about it. You raise a child all your life, love that child, and have high hopes for them. They make a sacrifice in a war that nobody hardly pays attention to any more.
Is there any chance we can win something in Afghanistan? What is it we’re fighting for? Are we going to turn them into freedom loving Americans? Should we?
Should we fight the whole world’s battles?
Another thing we hear about every now and then is the horrible way Assad is treating his people in Syria. He’s blatantly murdering them. We hardly pay attention to that either. But what’s the choice? Nobody wants to send in troops and get engaged in another war without end. Is it any of our business?
Where should we draw the line?