Sunday, July 10, 2011

AFG and the Rule of Law

Ok, I admit that I read a lot. And I read stuff that's outside of my profession. I picked up this story on Lawfare blog, which you should read, too.

Lawfare talks about the intersection of law and warfare. It's always good to know that smart minds are discussing and working on keeping our use of force within the AUMF (look it up) passed by Congress after the 9/11 attacks on our country.

Lawfare has an interesting post about a recent ceremony in Afghanistan. NATO is activating a new group in-country -- the Rule of Law Field Support Mission.

What pisses me off -- but doesn't surprise me -- is one of the pictures from the ceremony. None other than GEN Petraeus spoke at the ceremony. This indicates to me that the US is serious about supporting the Rule of Law in AFG. We tend to take the ROL in the US for granted. How many times have you heard, "Don't do that -- it's against the law"? Or, "The law is behind me on this" or my favorite "I'll sue you!". Each and every day we abide by the ROL. We drive on the right-hand side of the road, we stop at red lights and stop signs, and we look to the law to protect us if someone breaks the law and we're hurt.

The entire idea of the Rule of Law Field Support Mission is to show countries that don't have a ROL what it looks like and how it operates. Private property is something that just isn't well known in some of these backwards-assed places. How do you protect your property from others without resorting to your AK-47?

Back to what pissed me off...take a look at the picture below. Someone said something that generated applause. Take a look at who's NOT clapping there in the front row.

Now I know that the Muslim world has different social customs. But for crying out loud -- we're helping your country enter the 19th 21st century. Learn how to appreciate us and our customs. Or maybe this guy just doesn't agree with what was said. Either way, he's a doofus (highly technical term for socially inept folks).

Or, we could just pull everyone out and just nuke the freaking place. Seriously.

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