Well there’s an interesting title. Maybe some of you know we’re concerned about all aspects of war here on Grey Man’s Land.. and climate change affects all of us. No, it’s not global warming, it’s climate change! So don’t brush it away because we had more snow in Europe!
Anyway… a very interesting article about the war in Afghanistan (and more) and it’s problems and consequences…so we’ll hope you’ll take the time to read it
Like all tragedies, the most terrible thing about the Afghan War is the utter futility of the suffering. Our determination to do nothing meaningful about anthropogenic climate change means that none of the sacrifices by any of those involved in Afghanistan are going to accomplish anything, not unless we honour those sacrifices by doing our part.
We all know about the war in Afghanistan, or think we do. Those who follow the news will know that the “trouble” is predominantly in the south and southwest, particularly the provinces of Helmand and Kandahar.
Do we wonder why that is? If “the problem” is government corruption, or religious extremism, or nationalism, or tribalism, or … why those areas in particular? why not all over the country?
The reality of the Afghan War is complex, dynamic, and nuanced. For a start, which Afghan War? In the West we generally mean the invasion and occupation by Coalition forces that began in 2001, but how do you clearly separate that out from the longer Civil War? and how is that influenced by other former conflicts? never mind the regional conflicts and power dynamics?
Obviously all of the factors mentioned play a role, as do many others. No social dynamic like war ever boils down to a single factor, although relatively simple causes can precipitate and/or be driving a conflict, and perhaps even dominate for a period. However, how it plays itself out is inevitably going to involve all of the other factors.
What I offer here is not meant to try and dismiss those factors and replace them with just one, but rather provide some insight into what one of the fundamental factors is. Why the south? One word….Water!