‘No need’: Taliban dissolves Afghanistan election commission


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I wanted to repost this as a separate thread-

I was asked in the loss of this war what good came of it.

The question posed “But did you learn from it?”

I feel like my response should be seen;

Complex question:
Yes in the summation of it.

But most of us joined as adolescents.

The military intentionally places recruiting offices in rural areas to target more sheltered types.

I learned a lot, became less nationalistic in my humanitarian motives and looked outside myself to see the value in global compassion.

I realized early that I had been had.

That my/our flag was in, the big picture fighting for a team and that we spoke of liberating the oppressed, certainly this did happen- good things were done.
But often in an egoistical way.

Moreover, we/I was forced to learn at such a rapid rate about the reality of the world that my adolescent brain didn’t have time to adapt and process these lessons in a productive manner.

It became compiling trauma instead of life lessons.

I think it made me less relatable- here in the US people tend to be extremely removed from the depth of situations outside of our nation. They have the luxury of never being directly impacted and safely viewing only pieces of the stories on TV.

They end up forming a lot of over simplified ideas about what war means- and what service is really like.

This created a social isolation at a young age that furthered how hard it was to talk with others about these things.

I think it was more counter productive in our growth than helpful.

The average 18 year old of good upbringing thrusted into the world to adapt to adulthood, college, career and bills feels overwhelmed (rightfully so, we don’t equip them to be prepared to become successful adults).

Most of us, enlisting was our version of running away and joining the circus.

We came from various challenging upbringings.

Now layer that with moral injuries, death of young friends, getting out thinking it’s over to realize your life until death always has some aspect you carry with you.

As I said above more of my friends died in suicide and overdoses than combat.

Looking at the statistics of homeless veterans and suicides should show just because a lesson was learned it’s how it’s taught that creates the outcome.

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