Leaving Afghanistan: Damned if we do, Damned if we Don’t

I would hope that when someone enters the halls of power, their immediate wish is that if there is a conflict, it can be resolved via peaceful means. But when all other options run out, the only response is war.

After nearly twenty years, the United States military is leaving Afghanistan. We went there just after 9/11 to avenge the loss of nearly 3000 innocent souls and stop those who would do it again. A generation later, the United States is leaving the country, creating the opportunity for the Taliban to regain control of the country.

I listened to President Biden‘s speech earlier today and I don’t envy the choice he has to make.

If we stay, we can be accused of overusing our influence and sending additional American troops to die in another foreign war. If we go, we know the result. Though Biden tried to claim that this is different than the Fall of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam war, the similarities are too hard to ignore.

The fact is that whoever was President, it would have been messy, complicated, and a convenient political attack on both sides of the aisle. Biden is facing a challenge that so far, meets if not surpasses Covid. He claims that he had no choice but to continue you know who’s plan, but I don’t quite believe that.

I also don’t quite believe that the Taliban will respect democracy and women’s rights. Given their history, it is only a matter of time before they return the country to their vision of what it should be.

Only time will tell what the consequences of this decision will be. Either way, we are damned if we do, damned if we don’t.

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Malala Yousafzai- The Future Of Feminism

This past week, Malala Yousafzai, a 17 year old school girl from Pakistan, won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Her cause is promoting equality and education for all girls.

Most people in her shoes would have given up or submitted to the Taliban. But she has not given up and continues to publicly fight for what she believes in.

While women in first world countries have reaped the benefits of feminism, many women in second and third world countries have not had the opportunities many of us take for granted.

At 17, Miss Yousafzai is wise beyond her years. She speaks for all women. We have won many battles, but the war has not ended and will not end until we have full equality with the men in our lives.

If this young lady represents the future of feminism, I have no doubt that things will only get better.

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