Thanks Jim for the eye-opening essay. It's important to remember that the Afghans are not the enemy. Tonight the news reported that the Pentagon is planning massive air strikes down the road for Afghanistan and Iraq. I hope we don't kill innocents while the actual targets are hiding in caves.
"Because to get any troops to Afghanistan, we'd have to go through Pakistan. Would they let us? Not likely. The conquest of Pakistan would have to be first."
I've heard that India is going to allow us to post troops there as well as another country that actually borders Afghanistan to the northwest. Unfortunately, I can't remember the name.
"but he figures if he can polarize the world into Islam
and the West, he's got a billion soldiers."
I do not believe that many Moslems will follow this nut.
Today, there was a protest march in Pakistan over the government's cooperation with American requests to use Pakistani airspace. About 500 people showed up. I live near KKK country here in Texas. Whenever the clan has a rally, about six losers in sheets make an appearance. We need to give people more credit to having the common sense not to follow hate (Hitler being the exception).