Afghanistan

Taliban Opens Fire On Protesters Raising Afghan National Flag NBC News Aug 18, 2021.

I addressed Afghanistan in a Blog Happy Thanksgiving Afghanistan and America which was posted on November 27, 2015.  So, today I opened this blog and re-visited Adam Curtis’s web site Thought Maybe, and decided it was time to re-watch one of his BBC documentaries, Bitter Lake (2015) which: “explores how the realpolitik of the West has converged on a mirror image of itself throughout the Middle East over the past decades, and how the story of this has become so obfuscating and simplified that we, the public, have been left in a bewildered and confused state.” The focus of Curtis’s documentary takes place in Afghanistan, however, now we are leaving this country to those we went in to destroy. This has to be a bitter pill for many Americans to swallow. I will re-read, re-think, and write what occurs to me after taking time to re-watch what is now a new unfolding experience. After all, it is about trying to learn from our experiences.

Bitter Lake explores how the realpolitik of the West has converged on a mirror image of itself throughout the Middle-East over the past decades, and how the story of this has become so obfuscating and simplified that we, the public, have been left in a bewildered and confused state. The narrative traverses the United States, Britain, Russia and Saudi Arabia—but the country at the centre of reflection is Afghanistan. Because Afghanistan is the place that has confronted political figureheads across the West with the truth of their delusions—that they cannot understand what is going on any longer inside the systems they have built which do not account for the real world. Bitter Lake sets out to reveal the forces that over the past thirty years, rose up and commandeered those political systems into subservience, to which, as we see now, the highly destructive stories told by those in power, are inexorably bound to. The stories are not only half-truths, but they have monumental consequences in the real world.

As I completed this blog and was preparing to publish it, a heavy rain poured down on Fargo relieving the drought! Synchronistic! TGIF! Steven Arvid

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