Imagine Spending $8 Trillion to Rebuild a Society Instead of Destroying One

Source: Common Dreams
by Tom Engelhardt

“They weren’t kidding when they called Afghanistan the ‘graveyard of empires.’ Indeed, that cemetery has just taken another imperial body. And it wasn’t pretty, was it? Not that anyone should be surprised. Even after 20 years of preparation, a burial never is. In fact, the shock and awe(fulness) in Kabul and Washington over these last weeks shouldn’t have been surprising, given our history. After all, we were the ones who prepared the ground and dug the grave for the previous interment in that very cemetery. That, of course, took place between 1979 and 1989 when Washington had no hesitation about using the most extreme Islamists (arming, funding, training, and advising them) to ensure that one more imperial carcass, that of the Soviet Union, would be buried there.” (09/07/21)