Lesson from the Afghanistan/Taliban vs. US Debate

HAVE you seen any of the episodes of the movie, SEAL TEAM?

In one of the episodes, picture a Bravo team soldiers, bombarded in enemy territory. Well trained but outgunned and outmanned. Yet, captain was so cool.

Typical of captains, I suppose. In calming the boys, he said, “One problem at a time! Fight the man in front of you!”

Surviving was their immediate concern. Get away from the enemy, in any way possible, and wait for backup!

Sounds like a great plan, and it worked.

However, in solving one problem at a time, they lost their best chance of peace with the village in which they took shelter.

Go back to Afghanistan almost three decades ago. The United States, in crushing the USSR with its Communism agenda and its advance on the world, created a militarized Afghanistan.

Gave them weapons; missile and all, trained them and used them to maximum effect, building a Capitalism fanbase for the US and sending a message to other nearby Asian countries.

It worked! The Soviet Union was crushed and the fight against Communism was won. And suddenly, well trained men were released into the society with no war to fight, since there was no cause.

Naturally, some of them found cause in Islam and became fanatics. The weapons were there, the training was still there, even the society was ripe for the taking. So, they did!

​Few years down the line, a section of these fanatics rained hell from the skies on the US, specifically the 9/11 bombings; the mother who raised but abandoned them. In retaliation, the US invaded Afghanistan and so began the war against the Taliban.

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In effect, they helped create the monster they fight today all in the bid to win the war in front of them. They solved one problem at a time but I’m sure they didn’t bargain for the long-term implications.

And after fighting this unending war, they are, suddenly and once again, abandoning the country and its impoverished people to the Taliban. What a victory for Capitalism!

Thoughts for application.

One step at a time is good, yes. Solving problems one after another is a great way to stay alive until the next problem comes along.

However, it’s as good as it gets ’cause the next problem might be of your own doing.

So, be careful of every step you take. Think of its long-term effects.

In solving one problem, try not to create another, a bigger problem for yourself or those coming behind you.

One step at a time, yes, but don’t cripple your future.