The U.S. has been in Afghanistan for 16 years now, making it the longest war in our history, and still many Americans support the presence. Why? Because they fear that if we leave, Islamic terrorists will come back and threaten us again — basically, the fear of another 9/11. Here’s why that thinking is misguided.
US Presence Has No Effect
Set aside ego and look at the situation objectively. 16 years of US presence, 2,300 dead US soldiers, 20,000 wounded, and $900 billion later … the efforts to contain Taliban and Islamic terrorists have been abysmal failures. Taliban now controls larger areas today than in 2001. And guess who else is there now that wasn’t there before? ISIS. Furthermore, Afghanistan’s opium production is at record level. So, more Islamic terrorism and more drugs after 16 years. This is not working. Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is the definition of insanity.
Islamic Terrorism is Now All Over the World
Look at the map of Islamic terrorist attacks around the world in 2015.
The world has changed a lot since 2001. Al Qaeda, ISIS and their compadres are in 30+ countries. Search online for terrorist attack or suicide bombing, you will see the hotspots of Islamic terrorism around the globe. Syria and Iraq have tens of thousands of crazies; Yemen and Somalia are teeming with Al Qaeda and Al Shabaab; Libya is a melting pot of all kinds of terrorists now (thanks, Neocons); Nigeria, with 150 million people, has a huge Islamic terrorist group called Boko Haram; Islamic extremism is spreading in Indonesia and Bangladesh, two Muslim countries with a total population of 400+ million people; the Philippines is battling Abu Sayyaf and ISIS; Caucasus countries like Chechnya and Uzbekistan have plenty of Salafists; and even China is battling Islamic terrorists (Uyghur) in its western province. Above all, right next to Afghanistan is Pakistan, which is still a hotbed of terrorism.