The Terror Attack in Kabul and American Response

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By Quentin Choy

The terrorist attack over the weekend that killed 13 U.S. service members in Kabul, Afghanistan is a clear example of why the U.S. must leave Afghanistan.

The oldest of those killed was just 31 years old, and all twelve others were younger than 25 years old.

President Biden eulogized the boys killed in a statement, saying:

“They were part of the bravest, most capable, and the most selfless military on the face of the Earth.  And they were part of, simply, what I call the “backbone of America.”  They’re the spine of America, the best the country has to offer.”

President Biden on U.S. troops killed in the Kabul terror attack

The men who died were around my age and were only boys. Many were sent away to fight in a war in response to a terrorist attack that they weren’t even alive for.

This war has gone on for too long, and the continued presence of Americans in Afghanistan will only lead to further loss of life for both Americans and Afghans.

In response to the attack, President Joe Biden vowed retaliation, launching a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan which killed nine members of a single family including six children.

The youngest child killed was reportedly just 2 years old.

The Taliban responded in disapproval to the United States, saying that American had violated Afghanistan’s sovereignty.

Following so many years of Americans dying in Afghanistan with so few people speaking about it until now, it’s frustrating to see a real possibility of the U.S. deciding to stay in Afghanistan.

American men and women have died in Afghanistan for decades, and very few in media and government have spoken about it until a decision to leave was proposed.

The U.S. must leave, and it must leave soon to ensure that no more Americans die in a country we should have left so long ago.

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  1. This might help reveal why the Afghan mission is neither a 20 year boondoggle nor something that should be avoided.

    Please notice that the attempt at mass exodus demonstrates that the Taliban’s swift return to power is not explained as if supported by the vast majority of Afghans. The comparison with South Vietnam is not reasonable; the better example is South Korea… but I notice when I’ve raised this point in the past it is simply ignored. But doesn’t it make you wonder why it’s okay to keep thousands of troops in SK for over 70 years but even a fraction of that force in Afghanistan is unthinkable. Have you noticed that the legacy and social media always and reliably present Afghanistan as a lost cause, of imperial occupation, of enforced colonialism all about oil, when the facts on the ground are not reflective of this narrative.

    I point this out because going into Political Science as a senior but unable or unwilling to actually understand that you are regurgitating a particular negative narrative should raise a significant red flag in your own mind; are you getting an education or are you being indoctrinated with an ideology? These are not synonyms.

    You are not demonstrating a compare and contrast nuanced understanding of the tremendous complexities that real life politicians and their staff face and have to act upon. You are not revealing the vital importance of principles in action, like the young female soldier killed while helping real people in real need. Her death is being presented inside this negative narrative as if just another tragic cost to a hopeless endeavor rather that what it actually was: paying the ultimate sacrifice – and willingly – on behalf of and in service to the best principles the West exports, namely, trying to help people as real people seeking the same rights and freedoms you and I by accident of birth take for granted every day. This is a real battle. And it’s being fought every minute of every day around the world while we fritter them away believing the very worst of ourselves. This negative narrative is metaphorically equivalent to collaborating with our enemies. This should be a HUGE red flag.

    Political science grads should be front and center explaining to people what these principles and values are and why they matter so much to so many, that we owe a debt of gratitude and appreciation to those who have fought for our rights and freedoms to inform both law and government and that our civic duty is to defend these principles from enemies foreign and domestic. Especially domestic. So it’s very important to demonstrate this support to citizens who are not just trying but actualizing western liberal values and putting their lives on the line in uniform and out to grant these same conditions to others who so desperately want them that they come by the tens of thousands to an airport, by the hundreds of thousands to land borders and risk everything to try to get what we already have. That’s the positive narrative you should be exploring based on facts on the ground in a place like Afghanistan. You may be surprised to learn who is trying to help and why, and you should be hearing these reasons from the mouths of those involved, like these Afghanis and the Americans across the political divide who are at least trying to help rather than smugly sitting back and ‘explaining’ where and why everything we do is just not up to your standards and so we should take our bat and ball and go home and stay there.

  2. It is important that the U.S. military leave Afghanistan Quentin, but they must remove as many of the Afghan Allies as is humanly possible or they will lose the trust of any furture allies, not that I hope there will be any involvement in any wars for a long time to come. But if the Taliban, Saesh, Isis or Al Qaeda take up the war of terror again who knows what will be necessary.

  3. You’re presenting your opinion and reasons for it on the assumption that your opinion is already valid. You do know what this fallacy is called, don’t you?

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