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Why America Failed in Afghanistan and Iraq
When America and the WW2 Allies defeated Germany and Japan, we did something we did not dare do in Iraq or Afghanistan; we changed their cultures. Germany had been completely infused with Nazism and Japan with Imperial Shintoism. One of the main focuses after the defeat of Germany and Japan was to dismantle the very culture that gave rise to those aggressive nations. Instead, with Iraq and Afghanistan; we have and are spending a lot of time trying to say that Islam's not the cause of the hostility. We look for other sources, such as the existence of Israel in the middle of otherwise Islamic countries or the tension of the relative opulence of the West compared to the Middle East; anything but Islam.
The principal way of reshaping the cultures of Germany and Japan was a radical rewrite of their constitutions so as to eliminate the elements that lead to the hostile and repressive mindset.
In the case of Iraq and Afghanistan, America and the Coalition allowed those countries to contain within their constitutions, the very element that led and continues to lead such nations to be hostile to principles of freedom and equality. Let us compare just the first lines of the preambles of the U.S., the post-war German, post-war Japanese, post-war Iraqi, and post-war Afghanistan constitutions.
The blantant Islam is evident in both the Iraqi and Afghani preambles. While it is true that the United States political structure has its own entanglement with religious connotation and as we see from the German preamble, so does it; the generic nature of references allows for a wider expression. It is possible that a "god" to one person is nothing more than nature or even their own determination. But the Iraqi and Afghani constitutions are so infused with Islamicism that any expression against it is dangerous if not unlawful per those constitutions. Indeed, in Chapter One, Article Three of the Afghani Constitution we read:
This hardly allows for a more free Afghanistan than what was in place before. Despite all the verbiage of rights and freedoms of the people; not having the right to oppose the state religion is the pivotal difference. America failed Iraqis and Afghanis when we allowed the new governments of those nations to insert Islam back into the culture by imposition. While even in Japan, an individual was free to practice Shintoism, it was prohibited to have Shintoism be the state religion and dictate the thoughts and beliefs of the people by force of law.
The constitutions of Iraq and Afghanistan are woefully intrinsically flawed. You cannot declare basic human rights and then claim that those rights must conform to a state religion.
While I myself am an avowed, practicing Reformed Christian, I would never want any form of Christianity to be the state religion of America.
If there is any hope for Iraq, Afghanistan and the rising new former Islamic nations to truly be free; they need to truly disentangle their political structure from religion. This is not to say religion doesn't play a part in cultures; but to have one expression of thought imposed on a people by the state is not freedom. I urge people in Iraq, Afghanistan and the burgeoning new former Islamic countries to reform themselves into truly free nations; where the extent of the rule of law is for the protection of every individual to live life in relative peace and happiness as long as that pursuit does not threaten the same pursuit of others. Beyond this principle, all other human fashioned law is imposition at best, oppression at least, and tyranny at worst.
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