The US has fled Korengal, Afghanistan, which is now under the uncontested control of the Taliban.
The US created the Kabul government, in order to do good to Afghans, so that they would love us. It attempted to build a road for the people in Korengal valley, so that they would love us. The people of the valley, all of them, promised to kill anyone who worked on the road, and anyone who used the road, and proceeded to do so.
The US captain, Moretti, sent a letter to Nasurallah: “It is our belief that you are the rightful leader of the Korengalis,” the captain wrote. “You hold the power not only among the villagers but also among the fighters. If you want the valley to prosper all you have to do is talk with us and bring your fighters down from the mountains.”
The letter offered two choices: development or death. “It is not our wish to kill your fellow Korengalis,” Moretti continued. “But we are good at it and will continue to do it as long as you fight us.”
Moretti received a response two days later. “If you surrender to the law of God then our war against you will end,” Nasurallah wrote. “If you keep fighting for man’s law then we will fight you until Doomsday.”
And what is the difference between God’s law and man’s law that has these villagers pissed at us?
Man’s law forbids them from growing and exporting the only cash crop in this barren region: Cedar trees.
Photos show the villages in the midst of cedar groves, so obviously they are cultivating them and harvesting them sustainably.
In trying to impose the Kabul government on them, we are imposing injustice. Thus the only possible ways of winning are to rule them ourselves, colonial style, or slaughter enough of them that the Taliban decides not to tolerate anyone who goes looking for trouble with far away infidels.