U.S. foreign policy, despite the Obama Happy Face put on it, exhibits certain common characteristics between the various nations we have been “liberating “as they say in the vernacular.
Rampant corruption seems to be one of the highlights of a U.S. liberation. Looking at Afghanistan Jason Ditz points out the following.
Corruption in Afghanistan has been a growing problem since the 2001 US invasion, and the society virtually runs on bribery and graft at this point. But Helmand villagers tell stories of police rounding up small boys and taking them to police camps to be raped, and robbing elderly villagers’ homes at gunpoint.
The key words here are “since the US invasion.” The Afghans live in fear of the Afghan police who are allied with U.S. forces. The police had been driven out by the Taliban but with the coming of U.S. forces the Afghan police will likely return and continue with their dubious pastimes or that’s how the local Afghans see it and they aren’t happy with the prospect.
Transparency International has a list of the ten most corrupt nations on the planet. At the top of the list is Somalia, you recall Somalia of course since we paid to have it invaded and sent in our own death squads to clean up afterwards, don’t want any witnesses to our liberation practices you know. Afghanistan comes in fifth place on the list after Haiti (a story by itself) with Iraq coming down the home stretch as the third most corrupt nation. Notice the thread that ties all these together which is U.S. interventions. “Interventions” is such a nice clinical word don’t you think? It includes rape, murder, robbery, torture, and any number of other monstrous items. Personally I would never, ever want to be liberated.
The soul grinding misery U.S. interventions have caused is hard for me to imagine, in fact I don’t believe I could. Iraq was invaded twice as well as being subjected to brutal sanctions that killed just as surely as any bullet. The UN/U.S. intervention in Somalia in 1992 allowed the warlords to seize control of Somalia and then we backed the Ethiopian invasion leading to ever more death and human despair. Afghanistan is still an open book albeit one that will not end with the proverbial “And they lived happily ever after.” Not for Afghanistan and not for the United States.