I found it problematic, a slipper slope of Bush, that he calls the Taliban Terrorists, putting them in the same general category of the War on Terror, which is a war on an abstraction. The Taliban are Afghanis fighting Afghanis. This is a civil war….again…like Vietnam and Korea. When we put a wedge in a civil war, we just add energy to it. We always go home in the end and the society finds balance on its own. When you invade another country, you become the problem, no matter how good your intentions are. You can’t save other people from themselves.
From a Zen point of view, everything returns to Zero, and a society is an organism, like an ant colony. When you disrupt an ant colony, it quickly restores balance. An organism will incorporate and evolve to maintain zero and nullify an invader. The invader cannot create a new organism to look like it. They have tried. Afghanistan is a great metaphor for the ant colony that spontaneously changes to defang any invader.
If the invader adds force, the organism comes up with a creative way to balance the force. If they start to win or restore balance, the invader adds more force. It’s like poker. I add 100$…I add $200….Okay, I add $200…Alright…I’ll add $250. In fact if I add any amount, the other side will meet it, if not with the force they have, it will be will a created force. The only way to end this game, is to permanent take over the ant colony and force your balance upon it forever.
Successful empires, like the Romans and the Catholic Church, didn’t fight foreign cultures, organism, they just incorporated them. The pagan Germanic tribes became Christian. The Church succeeded where the Romans did not…but in the end..pagans revolted and became Protestant. The Empire lost its empire in the end. Everything returns to ground zero.
Afghanistan is an ant colony that is not held together by institutions like ours. They have no institutions. They are held together like ants, all “in the zone” operating as One Organism spontaneously. This is the way a tribe functions. A tribal society is united by a non-spacial intelligence. The members don’t communicate by telegraph and pony express, they operate through a non-spatial intelligence, a tribal intelligence. The Tribe is intelligent. This is why when attacked, its member have no hesitation is dying to the last man in battle. Identity is in the Tribe, not in the separate ego, like us.
Our war in Afghanistan is a war, from their point of view, that destroys their identity. Look at the government we installed there on our model of independent egos. These separate egos operated on self enhancement, or personal greed and corruption. Any means to my personal wealth.
The Tribal consciousness has no individual egos whose operating system is greed.
Listening to the commentary right now, the assumption is that if we lose Afghanistan it will become a haven for terrorist cells. There are terrorist cells everywhere now. The cancer has metastasized. This reminds me of the old Domino Effect that created the Vietnam War. It didn’t come true. When Vietnam became communist, all of Southeast Asia did not fallow and become a Russian outpost.
Terrorism as become a new Communism, a fear of an abstraction, a fear of a category. When fear metastasized, it pops up in everything. Everyone looks like a Terrorist. It’s home is everywhere.