I was watching Vice on HBO last week. They covered a story about the war in Afghanistan. Even though America has had a presence there since the 2000’s their military is not equipped to h le their own security. Afghanistan has been fighting Islamic extremism for over a decade. Most of their forces are militia style troops. Their is very little police and military forces patrolling the most dangerous areas. Americans think that we can fight terrorists with drones and arming the right side (which ever side that is today.) The truth of the matter is the only way to win the war on terror is through infrastructure. The Afghan people need roads, clean drinking water, a stable power grid, and schools. People need a job to go to and a place to call their own. When people lack these basic resources, crime seems like the answer to meeting basic human needs.
The American strategy has long been to target key leaders within these terrorist organizations. The only problem is that when you kill one, three more take his place. The American strategy of torture has done nothing more than enrage normal everyday people in the middle east and turn them into terrorists. When drones strike a village and inadvertently kill school children we ourselves create the next wave of terrorists.
American presence in the middle east has had dire consequences. During the Golf War in the early 90’s America armed and trained Osama bin Laden and the Taliban to fight Russian interests in the middle east. Fast forward to September 11, 2001 and he orchestrates the attack on the twin towers. Seal Team 6 may have killed but it has done nothing to stop terrorist efforts in the middle east. Terrorism is an idea, and ideas are bullet proof.