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Professor totally misses point of military involvement abroad

OK, so let’s talk “shameful.”


Speaking of a campus effort to send care packages to our troops abroad, Michael Avery, a professor at Suffolk University Law School in Massachusetts, reportedly told colleagues in an e-mail that it was “shameful that it is perceived as legitimate to solicit in an academic institution for support for men and women who have gone overseas to kill other human beings.”

Wow. That’s about as sage as saying a hospital is a place where people run around with knives and cut other people open.

What’s really shameful is how someone so profoundly ignorant and moronic can be found teaching “in an academic institution.” Devoid of facts and experience and any real-world perspective, this man is a disgrace not only to his country for his knee-jerk anti-Americanism, but to his students, if his unscholarly views are shared with them as well.

Where to begin?

First, the Afghan war was foisted upon America by a murderously misogynistic, hostile and backward Taliban that also gave shelter to more cosmopolitan ne’er-do-wells that helped give rise to, and then shelter, many of those behind the unprovoked 9-11 attacks.

It’s amazing you’d have to remind any American of that, least of all anyone in supposed higher education.

But besides all that, to put forth that the volunteers in the U.S. military are nothing more than “men and women who kill other human beings” is to reveal the unsophisticated mind of a callow child.

American and other NATO forces have been instrumental in saving women and children from 7th-century oppression and abuse; have built or rebuilt roads, schools, businesses and other basic infrastructures of society; have helped shape, through training and example, the skeleton of an Afghan protective force that might, just might, preserve the gains for a more modern and peaceful society that we’ve made possible; and so much more.

Before spouting off about those murderous American forces, Mr. Avery might have visited the region and seen first-hand the professionalism, determination and sacrifice of our forces – and the appreciation of the Afghan people who see well enough what’s going on.

As a Stars and Stripes article Oct. 31 made clear, our presence in Afghanistan is giving younger Afghans the slimmest of hopes for a brighter future. We’ve even brought in reinforcements – such as experts from IBM who are operating a tech incubator in Afghanistan to help young entrepreneurs rise above the 330 B.C. walls around them. Now, instead of being whipped in public for wearing the wrong clothes, Afghan women are opening their own stores to sell them.

Rather than armed gangs of U.S. troops, young Afghans are worried about older Afghans, and their penchant for miring the country in incessant war.

And what might surprise the occasional left-wing college teacher back here is that young Afghans fear the absence of U.S. troops.

“We are ready for something different than violence,” one 30-year-old Afghan told Stars and Stripes.

“Our entire business depends on security,” Farid Ansari, 25, added – noting his fear of what may happen when U.S. troops leave.

It’s a good bet he’d put together care packages to keep them there.



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