Afghanistan is an area of the world that I know very little about. Which also means that I know tragically little about the war that we are currently fighting in that country against "terrorists" and "enemies to our country." I am not ignorant enough to realize that there are many in this world that choose to control and obtain power over the minds and lives of others through fear. If this is the definition of terrorist, at least with respect to those whom we are fighting in Afghanistan, then our efforts seem to be worthy of our support.
A new discussion has risen in the news and in the usual political talk arenas in response to a report from the general in charge of the mission calling for an increase in troops to the region or we as a nation will experience failure in this war. Two questions seem to surface from this issue: 1) How do we best accomplish our goal (of course this would require a clear understanding of our goal is in the region) and 2) Is this war worth fighting, or in other words, is the goal worth the cost to obtain?
If someone can tell me simply what our goal is in the region that would help me out. Yet there seems to be a great deal of ambiguity with our efforts in Afghanistan. With Iraq, we knew what we were doing-getting Saddam. Weapons of mass destruction was the reason or justification for the war, but ultimately it was to get Saddam out. Some have claimed that this was a war over oil, but in reality, there is oil in lots of places in the world even in our own country- so that seems incomplete to me. The oil might have been the cherry on top, but Saddam was the real reason. With afghanistan, what are we doing?
There are many things in life that are judged to be worthy battles even if it appears that there is no end to the work. Fighting evil is better than allowing evil to flourish. If in fact our goal is to provide or secure liberty, then this high ideal is worth pursuing. If our presence in the area is the cause of the problem, if our actions in the region are resulting in the loss of life and liberty with no justifiable cause to warrant the loss, then failure has already been achieved regardless of how many more troops should be sent.