Osama Bin Laden’s death became a major event in Military History and in Afghanistan. Launching terrorist attacks around the globe (9/11) leading up to the involvement of the United States (U.S.) forces in Afghanistan. A lot of people were spending time as refugees caused by external forces left Afghanistan with no known peace for over 30 years. The Soviet invasion (1979), war of liberation against Soviet occupation, the resultant civil war, and the rise of the “Taliban theocracy” (supported by Bin Laden) has caused serious damage to Afghanistan’s infrastructure (ie Baltimore’s Afghan community). Because of the death of Bin Laden, a new era is arising creating the opportunity to build on the limited progress thru the state department and citizen diplomacy (Baltimore and other cities), to name a few – removing the Taliban and stabilizing the government supported by it’s people. With these positive forces in play Baltimore’s Afghan community (as well as concerned citizens) and other relevant cities around the globe can help with the restoration efforts.
United States troops in Afghanistan (10 years), have suffered thousands to die or maimed, because of Bin Laden and Al Qaeda. The estimated financial cost of the war ranges in the billions (direct and indirect) according to the Congressional Research Service. Calling for U.S. troops to be withdrawn and the money spent elsewhere; in certain circles some members of Congress and other leaders are thinking about negotiating with the Taliban (to stop the war in Afghanistan). Domestic trouble bred fiscal restraint. Military history (Military Affairs) dictates that the cost cost would be higher leaving Afghanistan in the long run because with Bin Laden dead, we haven’t defeated Al Qaeda, and completed the job of making a stable country of Afghanistan. Our hope for their people is for them to stop permitting their government to stop playing host to future terror groups. The commitment to a better and secure future should transcend to not only the Baltimore Afghan community and other cities around the globe, but other concerned citizens, NATO, and the United States. Failing to complete the mission in Afghanistan could force the Taliban to again control from Kabul (status quo ante). If this happens the western powers may not be willing to demonstrate their resolve ( trustworthy relationship in Pakistan?) forcing Al Qaeda to return. The original troop mission in Afghanistan was to; 1) defeat AlQaeda, 2) destroy their safe haven, and 3) prevent a spreading islamic revolution in nuclear armed Pakistan. Maintaining a strong prescence and stabilizing the region won’t create differences in Pakistan’s policy toward the Taliban and Al Qaeda. The Pentagon reports “tangible progress” based upon the insertion of 30,000 American troops on the battlefield (last fall) creating the momentum for Afghan transfer of control of seven regions. Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff commented that “resolve is a force multiplier”. The reliability of the American commitment is being closely watched and monitored by the Afghan govenment, the Taliban, and Afghanistan’s neighbors (political elites, villagers, and tribla leaders across the country). Strategic goals (military history) drafted by the Obama administration recognizes the level of sacrifice needed. Now that the goals are clearly defined, the military and private sector can work towards a conclusion, resulting in transition to a strong Afghan government in Kabul. With Bin Laden dead, young Afghans (new generation) living free can make a significant impact in their country (more work to be done). Afghanistan in the future will become a stable, secure nation when all participate preventing other would be terrorist organizations from setting up shop.