Monday, September 04, 2006

Taliban < Nato

Nato attack kills 200 Taliban. Talk about encouraging odds -- Operation Medusa netted us more than 200 deaths for 4 losses (a kill ratio of >50:1 for you non-engineering types).

More than 200 Taliban fighters have been killed in a major Nato offensive in southern Afghanistan, along with four Canadian troops.

Operation Medusa, launched by alliance and Afghan forces in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province, involved hundreds of troops, backed by warplanes and helicopter gunships.

This latest resurgence of the Taliban (a tent revival if you will) has made little news, other than blurbs like the one in the Telegraph. Our Canadian allies have been kicking serious butt, being more than happy to oblige the jihadis with their visions of virgins in sending them to the everafter.

It is, however, important to note that Afghanistan shares a border with Iran, similar to Iraq. And while Iraq has a pretty decently-sized (hundreds of thousands scale) security force and more to come, Afghanistan really is in the midst of a civil war crisis.

If something does go down with Iran, Afghanistan will surely be a key position to hold just as Iraq will be. Ergo, we need to continue our whoopin' of anything that pokes its head up in Afghanistan, to ensure a free (and allied) democracy there.

Perhaps those guys with myopia and too much brain power who call the shots from behind the curtain knew what they were doing when we invaded the two countries bordering our latest most-likely enemy. Only time will tell.