Afghanistan: A Different Perspective

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The Afghanistan situation has produced an extensive collection of opinions and judgments from both the armchair world affair devotees, as well as the average folk who spend marginal time perusing the latest news but enjoy offering their “studied” feedback. And of course, from the many and assorted “experts.”

Personally, I rarely delve into any kind of intense study related to major world events. My practice is to read just enough to get a general idea of what’s going on but not enough to enter a debate. Thus, you’ll rarely find me offering any kind of “studied” opinion on the topic. 

I’ve adopted this formula related to the Afghanistan situation. I know what’s going on and have perused the several “for and against” perspectives. However, while I’ve formed somewhat of a personal opinion, I would not be comfortable presenting it for discussion.

Having said this, I came across a blog post on the topic that I found rather interesting. It was written by a person who recently started following my blog and appears to be from India. Thus, the post is written from a slightly different viewpoint than what many of us are used to seeing. 

Since my knowledge of the entire Afghanistan situation is fairly rudimentary, I don’t know if what this person has written is –or is not– accurate. Nevertheless, I found her perspective rather interesting and hope my readers will share their thoughts and observations.

You can find the blog post here. (Note that it was written before the August 31st deadline.)

The Spread of COVID-19

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Unless you’ve really hard-headed, it’s pretty difficult to argue with these statistics and visual examples.

How Coronavirus Spreads Through a Population

The illustrations pinpoint the R0 factor (basic reproduction number), and indicate how many new cases one infected person generates. There are also examples on how the virus compares with other diseases (you may be surprised).

“Get Your Guns”

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The following is a quote from Heather Cox Richardson’s latest newsletter, but I read about the incident in other sources as well.  

At a protest in Santa Monica yesterday before a vote on a mask mandate, a man held a sign with the names and home addresses of each Los Angeles City Council member and said protesters would go to the homes of anyone who voted for the mandate and, if it passed, “Civil War is coming! Get your guns!”

“Get your guns!” 

One can’t help but wonder, along with Heather, how many are going to get caught up in this radical thinking? 

Certainly Tucker Carlson at Fox News agrees. Although he was condemning the recent actions in Afghanistan, his words exemplify the thwarted thinking held by so many in today’s society:

This can’t go on … We need to change course immediately… or else the consequences will be awful. 

In this instance, Tucker is correct. If these non-mask-wearing idiots carry out their intended actions, yes … “the consequences will be awful.”

Never in my lifetime (which includes a considerable amount of years) has this type of grade-school thinking been so prominent. Certainly in this country there have been multiple uprisings in all shapes and sizes and for multiple “causes,” but threatening specific individuals with weapons of death simply because a person doesn’t like a mandate — not even an actual LAW (!) — is mind-boggling. 

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