It’s that time, America’s little baby Afghanistan War is all grown up! It seems like just yesterday we watched it be born while the dust from the World Trade Center towers still mingled in the NYC air. I’m proud to say I was a part of the little guy’s life, aiding its growth in those formative years of 2011 and 2013. It got a little rambunctious back then, with Americans dying every week, but I think it’s finally reached a point of maturity where it only gets a handful of Americans killed once in a while!
Excuse the levity, but the use of dark comedy is the only way I can cope with the endless, shameful war in Afghanistan. It’s not the exact anniversary of the initial invasion of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, but it is September 11th, the date that got this whole ball rolling.
18 years of war. This would have been unthinkable in previous generations, and the Founding Fathers would surely weep if they had known of it. Children born after the towers fell, after the Pentagon was attacked, and after Flight 93 crashed in an open Pennsylvania field are now old enough to fight in the war those events spawned. And we seem no closer to an end today than we did when Osama bin Laden slipped through our fingers.
Like Zach, I am a veteran of the Afghanistan war, and I too found myself in a terrible ambush that altered my way of thinking about the war and life in general. Since that day over eight years ago, I’ve realized that there is nothing good about this war. The only reason for remaining in Afghanistan that carried even a smidgen of weight died with bin Laden. Since then, and it hurts to say so, every American killed in that country has died for nothing except politicians trying to save face.
Today’s post is much more serious than my usual writing, I know. I apologize if this is not the kind of thing you want to read. But it was on my heart to write about it, and I’m sure my fellow writers know the kind of soothing relief that comes from writing. I try to end every post with a call to action, usually to leave a comment or buy my books. But today, I’ll only encourage you to hold your political leaders accountable for the mess in Afghanistan. Write to them and demand answers, because that’s the very least they owe us.