Saturday, January 1, 2011

THE FUTILITY OF WAR


As posted by Dr. Mahathir Mohamad at Che Det on January 1, 2010 4:30 AM

**Saya mengucapkan Selamat Tahun Baru 2011 kepada semua rakyat Malaysia terutamanya kepada pembaca blog ini**

1. President Barack Obama of the greatest and most powerful nation in the world slipped secretly into Afghanistan in the darkness of the night. Hardly a triumphant entry for a conqueror. The world only got to know it after the event (read here).

2. And why was the great leader there? It is to find ways of getting out of a country which the US had spent a trillion dollars to conquer.

3. After killing a few thousands of America's youths not to mention maybe a hundred thousand Afghanistans to rid Afghanistan of the Taliban and to bring about democracy, the US finds itself accepting a possible Taliban coalition with the Karzai Government. I suspect it is not going to be very democratic.

4. Clearly the war (the mass killings) to rid Afghanistan of the Taliban is futile. Not only has it failed to achieve the objective, it has in fact resulted in more insecurity for America, for Afghanistan and for all America's allies.

5. So far the most powerful countries have lost to the poor, unsophisticated fighters of the very weak in Korea, Vietnam, Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan. The only place where they have won is in the Caribbean Island of Grenada.

6. Those trillions of dollars spent on research, development and productions of ever more effective murder weapons will prove to be a waste. In the end to claim the rights of the victor you have to be on the ground. And on the ground the people of the defeated countries will use primitive hand guns and home made bombs to kill the victors, within their countries and everywhere else. Like Obama, the victorious leaders will have to slink about in the darkness of the night, frightened by the hatred of those they had terrorized, despite the massive security personnel around them.

7. The victory would be meaningless.

8. When will the great powers learn that their overwhelming military power will avail them of nothing in this modern age.

9. When will they realise that war, the killing of innocent people is futile.