The Afghan Experience 1842

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Editor’s Note:  Read on to experience The Afghan Experience 1842…then weep!

Let’s End This Pointless War in Afghanistan Now

By Daniel G. Jones, American Thinker, August 18, 2019

Our eighth round of talks with the Taliban, concerning terms for a U. S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, has concluded without agreement.  We can’t agree on a timetable (we want two and a half years; the Taliban want us out within nine months).  We can’t agree on a ceasefire (we say now; they say not until our deal is finalized).  We can’t agree on how to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for terrorists (actually, we can’t even agree on the definition of “terrorist”).

The good news is that we are “inching closer” to a “draft agreement,” according to experienced foreign policy experts.

Who are these experts, and what do they know about Afghanistan?  Have they talked to the British?  The British negotiated with the Afghanis in the 19th century, and their tale is hair-raising.

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In 1839, during the First Anglo-Afghan War, British troops occupied the city of Kabul.  There, they secured an uneasy peace, mainly by bribing local potentates.

In November 1841, Wazir Akbar Khan declared a general revolt.  Shortly thereafter, an Afghani mob murdered political officer Sir Alexander Burnes and his staff.  The British commander, Sir William Elphinstone, ignored the incident.  When Afghanis started shelling the British encampment from a hill outside the city, British forces engaged the enemy but withdrew after suffering heavy casualties. Continue reading

Mass Murder—Part 2

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“When it comes to mass shootings it needs to be made clear: guns don’t kill people. Political rhetoric doesn’t kill people.  Drug-fueled psychotics are what kill people.”  Frank Friday

“Marijuana, which might be tolerated by a lot of the adult population without great consequence, seems to have a terrible effect on the brains of young men with these mental diseases—diseases that start to reveal themselves only in the late teens and early 20s.” Ibid

The real cause of the shootings

By Frank Friday, American Thinker, August 7, 2019

The aftermath of the terrible recent shootings surprised no one.  The apparent white nationalist sympathies of the El Paso shooter, despite his anti-Trump comments, set off a lefty firestorm of attacks on the president and the NRA.  Beto O’Rourke, desperately trying to reclaim the political spotlight, was the most despicable of all in blaming Mr. Trump.  Never mind: for every shooter who the media decides must have conservative thoughts, there are several leftist mass shooters.  The Dayton shooter was a Liz Warren fan; the GOP baseball team shooter worked on the Bernie Sanders campaign; and the Dallas police shooter, like President Obama, was an ardent BLM-supporter.  Yet no one calls out these politicians for spreading hate and creating a climate of violence.

That’s because our liberal news media are interested in a story only if they can somehow twist it for their own agenda.  If a tree falls in the forest, it gets reported only if they can blame Mr. Trump.

That’s incredibly unhealthy for our democracy.  The voters and their elected representatives are denied any kind of honest back-and-forth on the policy issues of the day by such extreme and misleading media coverage.  Criticize the corrupt black leaders of American cities, and you are a racist.  Deny that the mass shootings are the product of white supremacists and gun-makers, and you are even worse than a racist. Continue reading

Morality and Murder

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“You shall not murder.” Romans 13:9

“A person of faith could say, ‘No, that’s not true because God exists, and divine law dictates homicide’s wrongness.’” Selwyn Duke

“Rape, kill, steal—commit mass murder? Who’s to say it’s wrong? Don’t impose your values on me, dude.” Ibid

El Paso: The Real Root Causes of Mass Shootings

By Selwyn Duke; American Thinker, August 5, 2019

In the El Paso shooting’s wake, evident is the same wash-rinse-repeat pattern. There are the inevitable calls for gun control by demagogues concerned only about people control, those who put the onus on whites when most mass shooters are non-white, and propagandists who blame the “Right” when most violence originates with the “Left.” It’s quite tiresome, really. In truth, the main underlying cause of increased mass-murder events — and so much evil in general — is a severe philosophical/spiritual malaise besetting our nation.

Were gun control the remedy here, mass shootings would be rare. Not only were there fewer firearm laws many decades ago, but in 1940s and ‘50s New York City, boys would often take guns on the subway because they had rifle clubs at school. So is access to firearms really the problem’s root cause?

As for the El Paso shooter’s motivation — our immigrationism combined with left-wing environmental concerns — there are people who will do evil in a cause’s name regardless of its nobility or ignobility. The real question here is, boiled down: Why are we seeing so much more evil in America now than in bygone days?

Many people find it ironic that the El Paso shooter’s father is a mental-health therapist. I find it unsurprising. I used to work with children, and “social scientists” often had horribly behaved kids (in fact, a psychologist’s young son was involved in the theft of $300 at the business where I worked). Continue reading