Friday 29 November 2013 - Filed under Uncategorized
They started by shaking hands. We said “Salaam aleikum” — peace be upon you — then the first pebbles flew past my face. A small boy tried to grab my bag. Then another. Then someone punched me in the back. Then young men broke my glasses, began smashing stones into my face and head. I couldn’t see for the blood pouring down my forehead and swamping my eyes. And even then, I understood. I couldn’t blame them for what they were doing. In fact, if I were the Afghan refugees of Kila Abdullah, close to the Afghan-Pakistan border, I would have done just the same to Robert Fisk. Or any other Westerner I could find.
I’m no fan of the war in Afghanistan, or any other war for that matter. But isn’t this exactly the kind bullshit that leads to some Americans justifying these horrible wars? Muslims did attack us, after all. If Afghans are blameless for wanting to hurt “any Westerner [they] could find” because western forces have killed Afghans, does that not justify westerners wanting to hurt any Muslim they find because Muslims have killed westerners? (Some) Muslims have declared war on the west. I would assume that Mr. Fisk has not personally dropped any of the bombs on the Afghan people; why should he take the punishment for it?
The answer is that he shouldn’t. He shouldn’t any more than western forces ought kill Afghans indiscriminately who had nothing to do with killing Americans. It’s this kind of thinking that represents collectivism at its worst.
2013-11-29 » madlibertarianguy