Thoughts on War in Afghanistan

Graphic by Alex Sanchez and Nicholas Cerdeira

The United States and Afghanistan have been at war for 10 years; yet, for some reason, we are unable to find the man who had planned the tragic event that hurt many people physically and mentally, Osama bin Ladin.

The U.S. government is spending billions on intelligence investigations, yet we still can not find one man. The whole U.S. military against one man. Sounds as easy as stealing candy from a baby, right? THINK AGAIN! Because of our failure of finding this man we are still doing the old BOOM BOOM POW in Afghanistan.

Now, the hatred between the United States and Afghanistan has gotten very serious, almost like two hungry lions fighting for the last gazelle in the jungle. There are now 100,000 troops in Afghanistan fighting for our country. More than 200 drone attacks have been launched in Pakistan. If that is not intense, then I do not know what is!

In fact, we are gradually approaching our 10th anniversary of 9/11. We are still no closer to finding Osama bin Ladin. Why do we fight then? It is time for the troops to stop fighting for something that is nearly impossible and return home to their families.

“Excuse me sir, what is your name and how do you feel about the war in Afghanistan?”

“My name is Oscar Rivas and I am a freshman. I feel that the U.S. has been at war long enough and should end it. I do not think finding Osama bin Ladin is as successful as the U.S. wants it to be.”

“Thank you very much Oscar. How about you sir, what is your name and how do you feel about the government’s response to 9/11 and to the war?”

“My name is Adjua Adama and I am a history teacher at Rockville High School. I believe it was a natural response for the government to declare war on Afghanistan after 9/11. I honestly do not blame the government for their actions.”

“Thank you so much sir. Now who are you?”

“I am Joseph Rodriguez, 2nd class U.S. Navy. I believe that Barack Obama is doing an excellent job right now and as my chief in commander I obey his commands.”

Obviously, this war has emotionally touched many people and has changed many lives. We must simply stop trying to do the impossible and focus more on the future of this great country.