I have finally figured out what America needs to do about the war in Afghanistan — we need to get out of it immediately. Formerly I had mixed feelings about this war, but I always held on to the confidence that our efforts would yield positive results for the peace and security of the region, as well as for the United States and the world in general. But I no longer have that hope.
Why? Recently I learned that the Afghani constitution stipulates that Afghanistan will be an Islamic republic with “Islam as its sacred religion.” That, of course, is their perfect right. But the U.S. should never have agreed to help them because even if we finally achieve some measure of stability, we still lose.
Why? Because their constitution further stipulates that no law can ever be enacted which is contrary to Islamic Hanafi law. This provision effectively eliminates free speech. The ramifications of this are manifold, not the least of which is the government’s authority to silence other religions.
This is of major consequence to all Jews and Christians who have lived in Afghanistan for centuries. They have always had to endure varying degrees of persecution, but now such persecution is officially endorsed by law, and it is being ramped up.
As recently as May of this year, after Afghan television showed Christian converts being baptized, calls went out for their execution — including one from a deputy member of parliament. Private homes are being invaded to search for evidence of Christian activity. Dozens of Christians are fleeing this recent pogrom, to join the thousands who have already been deported or who voluntarily left their possessions, homes and families in fear for their lives.
Establishing an Afghan government who actively supports the killing of Christians has never been among the reasons listed for our involvement. Our government has known of this constitutional provision since 2004 when they and the U.N. both approved it. They have also known of the inevitability of the atrocities that are now being exposed — and which will undoubtedly increase with great fervor when we finally leave.
To support such an ungodly agenda is unconscionable. It demeans and debases our nation and our God; and for us to continue in it provokes his judgment and disaster. We need to cut our losses and get out. We cannot win.