Apparently, Afghans find the sounds (and possibly odor) of flatulence offensive. Mind you, disfiguring a woman's face by throwing acid in it, or cutting off her nose, is OK if she dares to become literate, or show any independence over her own reproductive process. But FARTING!!!!!! Allah (piss be upon him) forbid!!!!! Will someone please give me a good reason why the US is there 10 years after 9/11?
Only reason I know of:
The Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline (TAP or TAPI) is a proposed natural gas pipeline being developed by the Asian Development Bank. The pipeline will transport Caspian Seanatural gas from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan into Pakistan and then to India. The abbreviation comes from the first letters of those countries. Proponents of the project see it as a modern continuation of the Silk Road. The Afghan government is expected to receive 8% of the project's revenue.
I personally feel it's futile to try and take the place. Most of the place is practically impassible. It has never been conquered outright, despite invasions by Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, the British Empire, Russia and Us.
I say cut losses get the hell out. The stated purpose initially was find Bin Laden. He's now in Davy Jones' locker.
We are still there because it is PROFITABLE. That is the bottom line. Someone is profiting from war. There would be no point to it if they weren't. Since you and I are deriving no benefits at all from it, and the guys who are fighting aren't benefiting much from getting blown up and shot at, who does that leave? The government, of course. Our government never does ANYTHING unless they can turn a profit from it. They do not care about you, me, or anyone else. They do not care about rights, freedom, liberty, or peace. These things are not their concern because they get in the way of making money. When the war is no longer profitable, then--and only then--will they put an end to it. And when they do, they will declare that the war was a raging success, we have finally shown those terrorists who is boss, and the soldiers will be brought home to parades and parties and cameras and film crews and Hollywood wanting movie rights. It will be a glorious day! Everyone will say how wonderful it all is--everyone except people like me, who will see it for what it really is: pretty frosting on top of a moldy cake.
That being said, I think we should send the soldiers more beans, cabbage, broccoli, and truckloads of frozen burritos.
Sure it's the military industrial complex, but the profit isn't going to the government, it's going to the likes of Haliburton.
Considering that flatulence is a biological function of all humans, and probably all mammals as well (including the canine companion sitting next to me as I type - oh Charlie, really!) this is a really stupid regulation. Not to mention, impossible to enforce. I's sure Afgani's are just as flatulent as American Marines - children, women, men, goats, sheeps, cows, and other creatures.
Diets that are good for digestive health tend to lead to flatulence - lots of fiber filled vegetables and beans.
I argree we should get out. But with lots of surveillance and covert activity re: Taliban types who like to bomb US buildings and airplanes. I suspect they dont want us there either.