This war aim is not a bug. This war aim is not even a feature. The destruction of the enemy’s way of life and his system of belief is our just cause for making war.
The moment we compromise this war aim in order to cultivate local “allies” we make ourselves complicit in the very evil we have sent our bravest to fight.
Complicity in child rape is not a PR problem for Stephen Harper’s government nor merely a source of shame for those Canadians still capable of the emotion. Complicity in child rape is a war crime and should be treated as such.
Let’s review the situation: Afghanistan was used as a base by al Quaeda to organize the Sep. 11 plot. Our legitimate interest was to destroy al quaeda’s operation there and eliminate any threat from Afghanistan. In this instance I agree with John Derbyshire; “rubble doesn’t cause trouble”. We should have bombed them back to the stone age and left, repeating as needed. A strategic bombing campaign is inexpensive and devastating. The problem was in trying to impose a democratically elected government on the Pashtuns. They just don’t get it.
Of course, they already live in the stone age, but otherwise…