Sectarianism and the Afghan War

We have all heard about “Great Satan.” There is “Great Sectarian” too, and I’m not referring to Beirut, Baghdad or Pyongyang. The third “New York Times” editorial of February 25 shows the “New York Times” supporting the Afghan war rather than taking the hit for Bill Clinton’s government on events leading up to 9/11.

On February 8, Jesse Jackson took the lead to oppose the Afghan war:

The Netherlands should do whatever it takes to desegregate its primary schools, American civil rights activist Jesse Jackson has said. During a brief visit last week, Reverend Jackson said this should be Dutch national policy.

Make segregation illegal and unacceptable. You must see people coming in as value added, not as threat.“(1)

Readers should compare that to what I said about lynching, especially the first five articles.

Grudgingly, the political class leading the Democratic Party and expressing itself in the February 25 “New York Times” editorial handles the Dutch retreat from the Afghan war as “an embarrassment to the Netherlands, to NATO, and to Washington at a moment when President Obama’s counterinsurgency strategy faces a crucial test.”

Quite the contrary, the moment was the Netherlands’ finest moment in recent times. It came after MIM cranked up the volume for Jesse Jackson and started riffing on 9/11.

Predictably, the “New York Times” ends with loyalty to Obama, and his counter-insurgency strategy instead of what makes for cooperative global relations. The “New York Times” consistently puts individuals and the Democratic Party above the needs of foreign relations.

There is no point in denying that the Afghan war started with 90% popularity. As time goes on though, it is the Democratic Party base that opposes the Afghan war.(2) That’s why it’s important to teach the lesson of what sectarianism really is.

The more advanced Democrats and Republicans oppose the Afghan War. That’s why we expose the sectarianism of the Democratic Party for leading the world into that war instead of letting out the truth about 9/11 and the Iraq War, another war the Democratic base did not like.

The Pentagon has argued that Jackson, MIM and Europe make life more difficult for them in handling the internal politics in the United $tates. While we do not want to deny that there is an internal counterpoint to Obama that opposes lynching, the much more important audience is international and secondarily, the Democratic Party base still supporting lynching but opposing the Afghanistan war.

2. “Seventy-two percent (72%) of GOP voters support the decision to send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, compared to 54% of Democrats. Sixty percent (60%) of voters not affiliated with either party agree.

“But 20% of voters overall say the United States should pull all of its troops out of Afghanistan as soon as possible. Sixty-nine percent (69%) disagree, and 11% are undecided.

Support for this action is highest among Democrats, 31% of whom favor the removal of all troops right away. That view is shared by 11% of Republicans and 16% of unaffiliated voters.”


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