Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Insurgency Strategy or Suicide Strategy
By Ali Al-Hail
ccun.org, May 20, 2009
Obama's Administration: Not Counter – Insurgency Strategy What Is Needed,
But Counter – Suicide Strategy Is Desperately Needed
The apparently, 21, 000 more U.S. troops' decision to be 'pumped' into the
'suicidal row' in Afghanistan is extremely, detrimental. Given the fact
that, the already presence of U..S. 38, 000 troops and personnel in
Afghanistan, has long been psychologically, troubled, sending yet, more
troops indicates how dilemmatic the U.S. Administration's situation is in
This week's incidence of a U.S. soldier in
a U.S. mental health center in Iraq, going on shooting rampage, killing five
of his colleagues and injuring two, shows how despair U.S. troops are. Many
U.S. reliable military sources alarm that, U.S. troops and personnel who
have been committing suicide since 2001 in Afghanistan and Iraq , far
surpassed those who were killed in combats.
Additionally, U.S. counseling and U.S. mental health centers in Afghanistan
and in Iraq have phenomenally, been since 2001, receiving U.S. troops and
personnel with war stress – mental related symptoms. Even those who return
to the U.S. for being not suitable to fight, quite often find themselves
lost and disorientated, having family problem, or difficulties to adjust
etc., some of whom find in the suicide an exit to their ordeals.
Alarmed by the dramatic rate of
Sen. Jim Webb, D-Virginia, introduced legislation in February, 2008 to
improve the military's suicide-prevention programs. He boldly, put it: "Our
troops and their families are under unprecedented levels of stress due to
the pace and frequency of more than five years of deployments."
Further, the current recession in the U.S. of which so many people fell
victims has conceivably, added insult to injury regarding U.S. military
members in Afghanistan and Iraq . Military statistics detect more suicides
occurred amongst U.S. troops and personnel in 2008, as a result of war
stress related factors combined with those of recession news from home.
In order to tackle the latter, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, took to the
Senate floor in February, 2008 calling for more urgent aid for military
recruits, most notably, for U.S. troops and personnel coming back home from
war fronts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Murray clearly, stated"
service members who face deployment after deployment without the rest,
recovery and treatment they need are at the breaking point," She further
complained to Congress that it has granted "hundreds of millions of dollars"
to U.S. deployed forces in Afghanistan and Iraq to enhance its limited
ability to provide mental health and counseling treatment, this congress
generosity, however, according to Murray fell short of satisfying U.S.
troops and personnel on other essential grounds that go beyond what money
"It takes leadership and it takes a change in
the culture of war," she stated. Murray also, said certain soldiers had
reported from the war frontiers they received nothing more than an 800
number to call for help, which is really, pathetic.
"Many soldiers need
a real person to talk to," she said. "And they need psychiatrists and they
Having dealt with all of that,
according to the CNN, five suicide attempts occurred amongst U.S.. troops
and personnel in Iraq , on a daily basis. Though, committing suicide or an
attempt of it, is not in anyway alien to U.S. military, the U.S. wars on
Afghanistan and Iraq worsened an already existing phenomenon (CNN.com,
February 3rd, 2008.)
Moreover, 2,100 soldiers and
personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq attempted to commit suicide in 2007.
According to Col. Elspeth Cameron-Ritchie, an Army psychiatrist.
"Suicide attempts are rising and have risen over the last five years," and
this dramatic increase in military suicide attempts is fearfully, expected
to resume rising as long as U.S. maintain its unclear vision behind its
offensive wars on Afghanistan and Iraq.
this administration has not learnt from the past administration. It repeats
the same mistakes and it worsens the situation.
latest reports from Washington, to dispatch more 21,000 U.S. troops to die
in combats or to kill themselves because of feeling guilty or to fall
mentally, ill and disturbed etc. as a result of war related stress, is not
in anyway a means of counter – insurgence strategy. Such an assertion is
Taliban and Al Qaeda are beyond
defeat. U.S. NATO, IESAF and Karzai's army have been fighting them since
October 7th, 2001.
They are beyond defeat for two main
reasons, of which U.S. administration is not seemingly, aware. First;
Taliban fight for a noble cause, from their point of view, for which they
are ready to die. Secondly; U.S. has been since 2001 defeating themselves,
and leaving the platform for Taliban and Al Qaeda, as a result of killing
Latest anti-Taliban-afghans taking to
the street, demonstrating last week U.S. air strike that massacred, injured
and mutilated reportedly, more than 150 civilians, including women and
children had left no credibility to the U.S. in Afghanistan . Now, after
eight years (8) since the war on Afghanistan began, Taliban, despite U.S.
denial, confusion concealing, and withholding information from U.S.
taxpayers has not been defeated, if it's not making victory over the U.S.
and even determining the Afghan's fighting scenario.
Had U.S. with all its potentials, been capable of defeating them, it
could've done that by now. But, it is not, and it won't. All indications
strengthen this premise.
Weren't eight years (8) sufficiently, adequate
for four forces under U.S. command, possessing the most sophisticated
armaments ever known by a living memory, for defeating a handful of fighters
with relatively, ordinary weapons? Food for thought!
Regardless the strategy, U.S. wants to take, it's too late and the damage
has already been done and it's absolutely, beyond remedy. Therefore, it's
quite odd that, Obama's administration still thinks Afghanistan is the main
focus of his foreign policy.
Professor, Dr. Ali Al-Hail,
Professor of Mass Communication, Twice Fulbright
Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Vice-President Of Qatar Fulbright Group, CSR
Award Judge and Board Member of AUSACE, ASC, IABD, NEBAA, BEA, IMDA and
EAJMC American Associations.
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