As discussed in the previous post, al Qaeda is possibly more a means of operating or thinking, than a literal organization. Could it be that the Taliban represents the same concept? I mentioned that American troops are supposedly fighting for women’s rights there – I meant to mention the irony of this given the Taliban-style laws passed by President Karzai, which include the following:

  • the wife “is bound to preen for her husband as and when he desires”.
  •  “As long as the husband is not travelling, he has the right to have sexual intercourse with his wife every fourth night,”
  • “Unless the wife is ill or has any kind of illness that intercourse could aggravate, the wife is bound to give a positive response to the sexual desires of her husband.”
  •  “A wife cannot leave the house without the permission of the husband” unless in a medical or other emergency.
  • endorsing child marriage with girls legally able to marry once they begin to menstruate

With those laws, many were wondering what we were doing over there. Are we still fighting the same faceless enemy that the Viet Cong represented? In disproportionate warfare with non-state actors, how do you seperate the enemy from the population? When are they indistinguishable? Faceless myths and associations people cling to make for a forever war those in power can continue to perpetuate.