“Take away the causes of war as we withdraw from Afghanistan”
There has been an awesome silence from the White House over the next move in Afghanistan policy. So I offered the following:
Hello ... this is Lee ..., I live in El Granada,
California, a very small coastal town south of San Francisco;
I am following along with the agonizing news from Afghanistan.
I support and encourage the President to move ahead on a withdrawal
I suggest we title the undertaking: "Taking away the causes of war
as we withdraw." (OK, I agree we need a much better title.)
I suggest the President treat Afghanistan as an experimental project
in "taking away the causes of war". The place I suggest he start to get
better ideas than mine is the American Friends Service Committee. The
phrase "take away the causes of war" is a distinguished Quaker concept.
* The present military-political approach to Afghanistan is not
cost-effective in dealing with Al Quaeda.
* It is more cost effective to change to a culture and economics
approach. I mean we should see about:
1. Physically move out of their reach and sight.
2. Remove the pool of vulnerable recruits.
3. Re-present their culture without the prejudice
4. Make explosives and guns unaffordable and
5. Make tools for constructive living cheaper.
Al Quaeda is essentially a set of ideas and a
propagation process that is now being carried by 2nd and
3rd generation believers.
Taking away the causes of war will be an
extremely difficult idea to find support for in
the Koran. We definitely need some Koranic
scholars helping us organize theological
support from within the Koran.
By their program of attacking United Nations targets,
even their attack on the Twin Towers, the essential
thing Al Quaeda does is to deprive the opposition of the
capability of being non-violent or constructive.
One of the most successful deceptions performed by Al
Quaeda is the contention that "Force and violence is the
* The armed resistance in Afghanistan apparently gets arms,
explosives and modest funding from other countries.
The supporters of our opposition are getting tremendous
results because arms and explosives are dirt cheap and
readily imported from surrounding countries.
There is no manufacturing of any significance in the
Middle East. We should explore measures to make arms and
explosives unavailable and expensive. We should seed the
ammunition chain with specially engineered AK-47
cartridges which release highly corrosive propellant
gases when used. The corrosive ammunition would speed
the deterioration of the existing arms stock.
Make it a diplomatic program to stop arms sales to the
region. Make it a military priority to bid up auction
prices, intercept arms shipments, and to disassemble the
well known Iraqi arms dumps.
* United Nations humanitarian offices are intensely targeted,
showing that a priority of the opposition is to isolate
Afghanistan from the Western world.
We need an approach to facilitate cultural education
that will bypass buildings and people on the ground.
I have been watching Free To Air satellite Television,
and my observation is all of the stations essentially
are transmitting "the culture" to their audience.
Turkish, Kurd, Saudi, Italian, Iranian, Iraqi, Thai, and
Filipino stations are all transmitting "the culture".
So I think we should get in the business of satellite
broadcasting, and seriously contribute to the cultural
development of Afghanistan. We should do 4 channels and
read the Afghani classics and the non-militant classics
correctly accented and translated to appropriate Afghani
And as we leave Afghanistan, leave behind lots and lots
of solar powered FTA satellite receivers and TVs.