It is one of my reasons for staying alive, and about 90% of the time it keeps me out of melancolic depressions, so...
This morning I vaguely listened to the planetary pseudo religious ritual of mass information, and heard something about the Talibans sticking it to our boys again.
In spite of Barack's decision to inflate the number of G.I. Joes in Afghanistan.
This info got me musing again, to the effect that there is no way in hell that WE, nor any other Western power are going to triumph in Afghanistan, not now, not in the near future, not in the far future either. The way the English tried way back when, and failed. The way the Soviets tried a little less far back and failed.
And this despite the fact that WE have crushing military superiority that the Talibans cannot compete with.
WHY IS THIS ? WHAT ARE WE SCREWING UP ? (OR WHAT IS SCREWING US UP ?)
The answer will seem unexpected to you, and unbelievable...
We are losing, and we will CONTINUE to lose precisely because...
GOD is NOT on our side.
I can see Dink spluttering and fuming, Thai saying "what the hell, this lady is a Bushie in disguise", etc etc, but bear with me a little bit and you will understand why... Nietzsche is the most maligned and misunderstood modern philosopher around, and why manichaen, simplistic thinking will NOT help you understand this issue.
Way back in the 1400's, when the English had colonized big portions of France, when they legally held that they were the legitimate heirs to the French throne, an unknown, but definitely not base born young woman sent a message to Charles VII, a monarch who was unsure about his own legitimacy (his mother was an incredible whore, and had children by lots of different lovers, not by her husband) saying that she would come to his aid to boot the English out of France, ensure that he was crowned in Reims, and affirm his legitimacy. She maintained that this would be possible because... GOD was on Charles' and HER side, and not on the English side.
When you start looking closely at the period history surrounding Jeanne d'Arc, who should be called Jeanne La Pucelle (the Virgin), you realize that the French were no less lying, thieving, raping, and pillaging than the English, and there was no LOGICAL reason why God should be on THEIR side.
It would be extremely naive (in the best tradition of Greek philosophy) to imagine that the GOD problem hangs on the question of whether God exists or not.
No, this is really not essential.
What IS essential is... do you BELIEVE in him or not, and if you do, are you ready to go out and... fight in HIS name ? And if you believe in him, and are ready to go out and fight in his name, how are you going to go about convincing your enemy that HE is on YOUR side ? (The Jewish approach to the problem)
Now, back to Talibans vs G.I. Joes.
Are you honestly going to tell me that G.I. Joe has the assurance (insurance ?) these days that when he goes out into battle, and lays his life on the line, that GOD is on his side ?
Na. He doesn't have that insurance at all.
At best, he is going out to fight for abstract, hollowly resounding words like "liberty", "justice", "democracy".
But... just what is an ABSTRACTION worth when you're weighing it against... GOD, my friends ?
What is it worth ?
In... HIS eyes ? In his enemy's eyes ? (And believe you me, the enemy Taliban has GOD on HIS side...)
Our not so far ancestors ended WW1 on the note "don't tell me how sweet it is to drop with the line "how sweet it is to lay down one's life for one's country (pro patria mori, Wallace Stevens, I think...)"
No laying down one's life for God, no laying down one's life for country.
Just WHAT do we have left to lay our lives down for ??
GOD is definitely NOT on our side...