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Stop Apologizing in Afghanistan

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Mar• 13•12


An Afghan Woman Being Stoned to Death by the Taliban

A U.S. serviceman with a traumatic brain injury cracked this week in Afghanistan and tragically killed civilians.  A single apology is in order, and those families should be helped in every way possible.

But all we are hearing these days out of the U.S. State Department and from our  President are endless apologies – we are sorry for everything. We should knock it off.  It’s riling our enemies and putting U.S. troops in further danger.

American soldiers are in Afghanistan for a reason. The Taliban, after subjugating Afghani women to Sixth-Century social conditions, allowed and encouraged Islamic terrorists to launch a deadly attack on American cities. More than 3,000 American civilians died as a result.  Funny, I don’t remember hearing the Taliban apologize for that.

After a Koran was accidently burned, six U.S. servicemen were murdered. Where’s that apology?  And how many more American flags or effigies of our president can possibly be torched?  Flag factories in Kabul must be working around the clock.

Now the Taliban is threatening to behead U.S. servicemen.  Um, what exactly have they been trying to do for the past 10 years?

The problem in Afghanistan is that we announced our withdrawal, and civilians and weak-kneed government officials are expecting the Taliban to sweep back into power once we’re gone. Whether that will happen is anybody’s guess, but until that day, the U.S. needs to stand unapologetically strong.  Any other stance smells like blood in the water. It is being perceived as weakness. 

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