The Middle East was not going to collapse without him. And he could have done JUST AS MUCH for the world by staying home, doing local volunteer work and looking after his little girl.
We are NOT talking about a guy who is fighting a war to save his country. We are talking about a guy doing humanitarian work - he could have done it at home. I guarantee you there are PLENTY of needy people in his community who could have used his assistance almost as much as those he helped in the Middle East.
But no...he abandons his parental responsibility and goes running around the world to satisfy his craving.
If he had no young children, then I would have said 'good for him. He died doing what he loved by helping others'.
But I won't, because the second you have a child, that child should be the number one thing in your life. And everything else you do must take a back seat to that child until they are grown up (at least), until they don't need you anymore. That is, IMO, what a great parent does. They sacrifice their selfish desires for the child. And they do so gladly.
This guy didn't. Getting his danger fix (doing something noble, granted) was more important to him then raising his child.
He was stupid and he should have stayed home to help raise his little girl - that should have been his job and his passion...and I don't really care if you agree or not.
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'What kind of sick and twisted toy factory is this?'
'We are all the sum of our tears. Too little and the ground is not fertile, and nothing can grow there. Too much, the best of us is washed away.'
"Better to be dead and cool, than alive and uncool."
I hope you are right but without leadership to inspire general confidence among a splintered people I remain a reluctant skeptic.
Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy
"You're the only person that decides how far you'll go and what you're capable of." - Ben Saunders (Explorer and Endurance Athlete)
As for the graphic...it represents other things as well. For example...it shows the world has always experienced terror attacks. It also represents a post war environment where terrorists (some people like to call them 'insurgents') continued to fight on after the wars against Afghanistan and Iraq were ended. Surely you arent shocked by this?
What that graph does NOT show is how many people were killed by the ousted Taliban (those committing the acts of terrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan) killed during their periods in power. "According to a 55-page report by the United Nations, the Taliban, while trying to consolidate control over northern and western Afghanistan, committed systematic massacres against civilians. UN officials stated that there had been "15 massacres" between 1996 and 2001"
But of course...that doesnt count.
In 1998, the United Nations accused the Taliban of denying emergency food by the UN's World Food Programme to 160,000 hungry and starving people "for political and military reasons".[162
But hey...at least it wasnt due to 'terrorist attacks'.
"On August 8, 1998 the Taliban launched an attack on Mazar-i Sharif. Of 1500 defenders only 100 survived the engagement. Once in control the Taliban began to kill people indiscriminately. At first shooting people in the street, they soon began to target Hazaras. Women were raped, and thousands of people were locked in containers and left to suffocate. This ethnic cleansing left an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 dead."
Could have been worse though...they could have been maimed by an IED by insurgents...right?
At this time ten Iranian diplomats and a journalist were killed. Iran assumed the Taliban had murdered them, and mobilized its army, deploying men along the border with Afghanistan. By the middle of September there were 250,000 Iranian personnel stationed on the border. Pakistan mediated and the bodies were returned to Tehran towards the end of the month. The killings of the Diplomats had been carried out by Sipah-e-Sahaba a Pakistani Sunni group with close ties to the ISI. They burned orchards, crops and destroyed irrigation systems, and forced more than 100,000 people from their homes with hundreds of men, women and children still unaccounted for.
See...if only we had just left them alone, they would still be in power and we wouldnt have stupid charts presenting stupid agendas to be used trying to prove stupid points.
"The city of Istalif i. e. was home to more than 45,000 people. In Istalif the Taliban gave 24 hours notice to the population to leave, then completely razed the town leaving the people destitute.
In 1999 the town of Bamian was taken, hundreds of men, women and children were executed. Houses were razed and some were used for forced labor. There was a further massacre at the town of Yakaolang in January 2001. An estimated 300 people were murdered, along with two delegations of Hazara elders who had tried to intercede.
By 1999, the Taliban had forced hundreds of thousands of people from the Shomali Plains and other regions conducting a policy of scorched earth burning homes, farm land and gardens."
But people with a myopic ideological bent want to claim we create them.
Like I said...at least they werent blowing up roadside bombs before we went to war with them.