Taliban Sitcom

Many, I really get a crack out of seeing photos like this. The top photo of the fearsome Taliban with their ... wait for it ... pickup trucks! I mean, gone are the good old days when you needed to mass produce tanks and planes in order to win a war, and it pretty much came down to whoever had the largest industrial capacity won. Nowadays all you need to do is buy a pickup truck (from the reputable Toyota company) and stick a few goons in it, make sure they're wearing turbans. No need for ridiculous things like the Afghan Army below is wearing - ie helmets. With a Toyota, a Turban and Trust in God's promise of 72 virgins, the world is your oyster.

Meanwhile, the Afghan National Army is getting some real live target practice to make sure they have learnt their new skills properly, so they can become a kick-arse army. Thanks Taliban! We couldn't have done it without you. Those ANA will be useful when it comes time to invade Iran. Another combat-experienced ally. Can't ask for more than that.

I once saw a comment from an American commentor over at ITM who said something like "Oh no, we just lost 2 helicopters. We're down to our last 12,000. Let's surrender". I know exactly where this person is coming from. It's called reality. And she was probably as perplexed as me about how people could live in an entire fantasy world created by a sensational left-wing media. It really truly is amazing just how far humans will go with self-deception. And just how far they will stretch their Orwellian world without bursting into laughter and saying "had you fooled". Ok, no, you don't have me fooled. I don't believe you really think Bush = Hitler and that Cheney's secret plan to take over the Middle East is almost completed, and that 9/11 was an inside job, etc etc. I know all you lefties are just running an elaborate practical joke.

However, although I'm pretty sure that's what you're up to, and you haven't fooled me, I am forced to respond to it as if you are serious. Because the price of freedom is eternal vigilence. And if there is any possibility at all, no matter how remote, that you truly believe all this fantasy, then I must defend against it. That is the correct response to the provided stimuli. I will continue to do this until my dying day. Not only that, but I will also attempt to defend against the remote possibility that there really is a super-secret Jewish/American conspiracy to enslave all the people of the Middle East and that this conspiracy, to which 50% of Americans have secretly subscribed to without my knowledge, and are just waiting for the right moment to pounce (they can't do it while the enemy still has nukes). That is why in the end state of forces in the world, I want to see a NATO is able to defend against, and possibly liberate, America, should the need arise.

But defending against remote possibilities is a long-term goal when there's no elephant in the living room. The current elephant in the living room is Iran with an official policy of "Death to USA", developing nukes, threatening to wipe Israel off the map, enslaving 70 million people, who as far as we can tell are mostly our allies. So that is what gets my attention. It's a great shame that Australia has retired hurt. But while Australia is bloody nice to have, the only weapons that are actually required are America's. And they're still in the hands of decent people. So GO USA! Right now, they really are the land of the free and the home of the brave, as advertised. Not Australia. It wasn't always like that. There was a time when the Americans were hiding under their beds while Australia was standing up for freedom. But times have changed, and it's time to acknowledge the new reality, as sad as that new reality is. Congratulations America. You guys are number 1. And trust me, I'm not just saying that. It's not something I ever wanted to have to say.

Remember Australia II winning the America's cup? I was up at 4am or whatever listening to my radio to see the longest winning streak in sporting history ended by Australia, a relatively small country (20 million) compared to Europe. Those days are gone. The hopes and dreams of decent people in the free world, and decent people waiting to be liberated, are now on America's shoulders. If becoming an American citizen would make a difference, I would do so in an instant. I can't see how that will provide any tangible benefit to anyone, and I can see how it could harm my position as an independent point of reference. Good luck America. And you have God's blessings. Really.

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