I love my country dearly and I care deeply for the friends that served with me in Desert Storm. I think about the soldiers that are in the Middle East now and wonder how they're doing. I hope they have everything they need to keep them safe and I wish they would come home soon. Almost every night when I lay my head down on my pillow and get snug under the covers, I think of all the soldiers who are over there on guard in the early morning hours while I am warm and restful in my bed. And then, I thank them!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
War Between the Ethnic Factions in Afghanistan Similar to Past War in Eastern Europe
Lets face it, one of Afghanistan's biggest problem in its history is that it had no established government. When a government was in place, it favored the majority ethnic race of the Pashtuns. People of other descents, the Hazra's for example, had very little control over the management or establishment of laws for the country. Similarly, in former Yugoslavia the Serbians were the ethnic majority in the government and the Croats, Bosnians, and Slovenians were discriminated against. Even in districts where the populaion was mainly Croats, several Serbians in that area felt inferior to the Croats which caused tension between the two groups. It wasn't until the countries fought for and won their independence from Yugoslavia that they gained the freedom and respect that they deserved. In my opinion, the only way Afghanis will be at peace in their country is 1: they form their own governments within their own districts, or 2: they form a centralized governement that represents all the ethnic backgrounds and their needs. A centralized government is the only way to get rid of the Taliban and members of Al qaeda.