"Afghan betrayal calls into question viability of U.S. military stategy in Afghanistan"
"A trend of Afghan treachery that has taken the lives of six American troops over the past week is poisoning a key ingredient in the international coalition's formula for winding down the decade-long war: trust."
The original blog post article first published a year ago is just below]
There is something very repugnant and offensive about U.S. troops being put in harms way to help prop up an Afghan government that has a Constitution based on Sharia law, that imposes the death penalty for "leaving Islam"/ Apostacy.
And this is becoming an all too frequent occurance in the "new democratic" Afghan government that our U.S. troops made possible, and our own government helped set up.
Not to mention how our own U.S. military authorities bowed the knee in appeasement, confiscated Bibles from a U.S. soldier, [Bibles in the native language], and had them burned.
A matter that no doubt would have infuriated the late General Douglas MacArthur. How so one might ask?
Not long after the surrender of Japanese forces was accomplished in WWII, and the occupation commenced, MacArthur reached out to U.S. churches and called for thousands of Christian missionaries and the importation of millions of Bibles. In English and Japanese.
Only a handful of missionaries from U.S. churches responded. Not the thousands requested.
Even so, there is the question of "why" MacArthur would make such a request:
In regards to the occupation of Iraq, former President G.W. Bush has repeatedly made the analogy, [false analogy], of how after the surrender of Japanese forces, and the following U.S. occupation, Japan then went on to embrace "democracy" and has since become a stalwart ally of the U.S.
But there are a couple of important aspects pertaining to the accomplished surrender of Japanese forces and the U.S. occupation that President Bush omits in his analogy:
One,- the military and citizens of Japan at that time were very much into "Emperor worship", or "leader worship".
They regarded and held that Emperor Hirohito was "deity", God.
Even after Hiroshima and Nagasaki there were Japanese that would fight. Conduct a guerilla hit an run war.
In fact we have all heard these verifiable, and documented accounts, of Japanese soldiers being found alive after many years, still hiding out, until being convinced that indeed the war was in fact over.
What made the difference?
Remember, the Japanese held that their leader, Emperor Hirohito, was deity, God:
["At a historic imperial conference on August 9, 1945, just hours after the bombing of Nagasaki, the Emperor made clear his determination to “endure the unendurable” his opinion was in favor of surrendering to the Allies."
"Although his top ministers of war wanted to continue the struggle even "with sharpened bamboo", on Aug 14, 1945 the Japanese agreed to an unconditional surrender. "
"Japan formally surrendered on September 2, 1945. Many speculated about whether the Emperor would be punished as a war criminal. Hirohito also wondered what would happen to him. He frequently expressed his willingness to abdicate as a token of his responsibility for the war."
"But American authorities, including General Douglas MacArthur, decided that it would be easier to stabilize and reform Japan if they let him remain as ruler but not a Shinto deity."
"On January 1, 1946 the Emperor once and for all gave up any claims to being a sacred monarch by issuing a rescript that denied his divinity as a descendant of the sun-goddess."]
Take note of those last two sentences:
"...it would be easier to stabilize and reform Japan if they let him remain as ruler but not a Shinto deity."
Hirohito was required to acknowledge that he was not divine, not God.
Hirohito, looked upon as deity and ruler, made the firm decision to surrender Japan and cooperate. Acknowledge he was not deity to his people.
The importance and significance of that in regards to the success of the U.S. occupation of Japan cannot be overstated.
In regards to the matter of reform, the Allies had already issued what was called the Potsdam Declaration. Part of article 10 reads as follows:
"The Japanese Government shall remove all obstacles to the revival and strengthening of democratic tendencies among the Japanese people."
"Freedom of speech, of religion, and of thought, as well as respect for the fundamental human rights shall be established."
The Allies and MacArthur were insistent on this.
Should the U.S. be insistent today in that same regard to both Iraq and Afghanistan?
Contrary to what some believe, our U.S. troops are not in Afghanistan as "invited guests". But rather, as a result of having been attacked on 9/11.
In regards to Iraq, whether there were WMD's or not, the fact is, Sadam Hussein refused to comply and allow completely transparrent inspections.
Sadam Hussein was certainly a worse dictator than Mubarak of Egypt.
Following the accomplished surrender Japan, it was MacArthur's own staff that drew up the new democratic Constitution for Japan:
["The new constitution would not have been written the way it was had MacArthur and his staff allowed Japanese politicians and constitutional experts to resolve the issue as they wished."
"The document's foreign origins have, understandably, been a focus of controversy since Japan recovered its sovereignty in 1952. Yet in late 1945 and 1946, there was much public discussion on constitutional reform, and the MacArthur draft was apparently greatly influenced by the ideas of certain Japanese liberals."
"The MacArthur draft did not attempt to impose a United States-style presidential or federal system."
"Instead, the proposed constitution conformed to the British model of parliamentary government, which was seen by the liberals as the most viable alternative to the European absolutism of the Meiji Constitution."]
Hmmm..., "...the new constitution would not have been written the way it was had MacArthur and his staff allowed Japanese politicians and constitutional experts to resolve the issue as they wished."
For a victorious army that has won a war of self-defense, as was the case in WWII, there is a lesson in that.
The new constitution of Afghanistan, and Iraq, will never be written or ammended to accord true democratic values and beliefs so long as Shariah-advocating Islamists are allowed to do the writting of it.
Andy McCarthy is right:
"Ever since 2003, when the thrust of the War On Terror stopped being the defeat of America’s enemies and decisively shifted to nation-building, we have insisted — against history, law, language, and logic — that Islamic culture is perfectly compatible with and hospitable to Western-style democracy. It is not, it never has been, and it never will be."
There may have been "elections" in Afghanistan, but where is the "democracy"?
Back to why General MacArthur requested thousands of missionaries and millions of Bibles in both English and Japanese:
"I have publicly stated my firm belief that Christianity offers to Japanese a sure and stable foundation on which to build a democratic nation"-General MacArthur, --read the rest here.
No Bibles in Afghanistan would have ever been "burned" on General MacArthur's watch!
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