30,000 extra soldiers to Afghanistan won’t solve the incredibly high morbidity amongst Afghan women giving birth. It also won’t teach Afghan women how to read and I can’t really see how it will help improve their health and well being.
But why care about the Afghan women? We’re out to fight terrorists aren’t we?
It seems this is yet another case that comes down to the birds and bees. If any world leader was ever told the tale, now would be the time to take it to the next level!
Terrorists aren’t brought by the stork and don’t grow on trees. They’re born to Afghan women and are being raised by them.
So, want to improve security in Afghanistan? Make women your top priority!
Teach Afghan mothers to read, provide them with health care and provide their children with health care. Give them support, pay attention to them. Generations of Afghan boys are growing up in mother-less families, without health services, those with mothers have un-educated mothers. Is the situation in Afghanistan any surprise?
Sending 30,000 teachers and health care professionals to Afghanistan, it seems to me, would achieve a much greater positive outcome than sending more soldiers, something that doesn’t seem to me to be the correct solution to dealing with high birth rates and high maternal morbidity.
It’s time for a Time Out!
We are no longer in the days of the tribal men dancing round the fire in grass skirts with elephant skin on their backs, motivating each other for tomorrows coming insurgency on the nearby tribe. The renaissance, industrial revolution and educational revolution have left us with better tools and better ideas for dealing with different situations we create in the world.
Now, when I say “tools” and “ideas”, little do I mean guns and war-strategy. That’s just all fancy tribal bullshit. I mean the ability to mobilize, the ability to translate books into all different languages, to be able to get across an ideology, a technique, a notion. We are able to get medicine and aid and food and clothing across the globe in less than a day. We are able to count the number of people in each country, we know how many of them can read, how many of them are sick, how many kids they have and their average income. So, if we spend so much time and money gathering this information and publishing it, why can’t anyone seem to realize that more can be done with it? We can make decisions based on it.
Wait! Don’t pass out! I really mean it. We can actually make decisions and base policies on numbers and on information. Not just on a whim, on the powerful superlatives some general is using or his persuasive power-point with all those cool tank pictures. I know they look so much better than un-educated covered-up women.
The information we have does not seem to me to be screaming CHARGE! It seems to me that it’s screaming EDUCATE WOMEN. Of course the majority of people making decisions based on this information are of the type that relates more to ‘charge’ than to actually treating women like equal members of the human race.
30,000 extra soldiers to fight? Even if they won, Afghan women would be no better off, and then we can all just sit and start counting back to next time.
What a waste of work. What a waste of information. What a waste of government ability. What a waste of people.