George W. Bush and his cadre of criminals never had any intention of righting the wrongs of 9/11. If they had, they would have taken it up with Saudi Arabia. Granted, Osama Bin Laden was hiding in Afghanistan, aided by the Taliban, but they didn't really go after him. If they wanted to find him, they could have sent a team of specialists and executed him in the desert, which is basically what eventually happened anyway. What they were really interested in was re-shaping the Middle East, starting with Iraq, moving on to Iran, then Syria, etc..., which lead to a lot of money in the pockets of big oil. This is an open fact. 9/11 gave them that opportunity and they took it. But the failure of Iraq is not only self-evident, but a topic for another time. Right now my focus is Afghanistan.
As Iraq became more and more of a fiasco, the left took up Afghanistan and hunting down Bin Laden as an alternative strategy, first with John Kerry, then with the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Obama--whose bloody hands are only surpassed by a previous war pig winner, Henry Kissinger. Anyway, Obama did direct the elimination of Bin Laden, but then let Afghanistan become another never-ending government program, one we even forgot we started and why. Ironically, it took the worst president in recent memory to begin the process of ending it (even a broken clock is right twice a day), and the oldest to preside over the unfortunate aftermath.
So, here we are. At the time of this writing Kabul is primed to fall and the Taliban primed to take over again. Note, the only reason they haven't been in charge these last twenty years is because we have been investing US tax dollars and blood to keep them down. A task that, much like trying to eliminate the VC some 50 years earlier, was bound to fail. In a nutshell, we were sold a bill of goods. Which brings me to domestic insanity.
At the same time we are admitting defeat in Afghanistan, we are setting ourselves up for massive failure at home. Science and real life events are serving to prove that COVID vaccines don't work for shit. So many well-intentioned people are so invested in this that no one wants to admit it. Combine that with the fact that the CDC is admittedly not collecting data on break-though cases and you can see how the deceit is planted and thriving. Also, the myth that the unvaccinated are the cause of Delta variant increases is also bullshit, but again it is soothing and allows for an easy scapegoat.
A major problem with this particular deceit and the accompanying scapegoating is they also, not unlike Afghanistan, are bound to fail. In the meantime, individual rights, if not constitutional rights, will be violated en-masse. To mandate vaccines is to force someone to have chemicals injected into their body against their will. And before you go there, no it doesn't serve to protect those who choose the be vaccinated. If the vaccines work, it doesn't matter; if they don't work, it doesn't matter. If you are protected, why worry? If you aren't protected, it doesn't matter. But even if it did matter, a violation of individual rights is not vindicated by the desires of the collective. Wrong is always wrong.
To be clear, I am not anti-science, or anti-vaccine in general. Even if the current situation is proving these vaccines to be ineffective, one always has the right to put chemicals in one's body as long as it is consensual. But just because you believe it is right for you, or even if you believe it is right for others, you don't have the right to force it on them overtly or subtly. I know a lot of good people who believed George W. Bush's lies. I know a lot of good people who believe Joe Biden should force all Americans to have vaccines. I know a lot of good people who still think Donald Trump had the election stolen from him. People can believe what they want, but when deceit becomes policy, we have a problem. When human rights are violated, we have a problem. BTW, individual rights are human rights, that's a no-brainer.
I will always argue for peace and the rights of the individual. My point here isn't so much about the specifics of these situations as the general principles. It is immoral to convince a nation to go to war based on lies, always. Further, the rights of society never outweigh the rights of an individual. There is no actual entity as a society, opposed to individuals, for society is nothing less than a collection of individuals, each with his/her own rights. The problem with all of this is the tendency of folks to follow irrational thought processes, especially once they are invested in something. Cognitive dissonance is powerful.
I remember sometime after George W. Bush had admitted there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, I saw two guys being interviewed on TV. One of them said he still believed they were there. The interviewer insisted that the president had admitted otherwise. This guy said something to the effect that, 'I don't care if he did. I still believe they are there.' For him to admit otherwise would be to concede what others had been saying all along, the president lied to him and took advantage of him. George W. Bush did that to our country then. Few rational people will argue otherwise now. Well, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, the CDC, and several pharmaceutical companies are doing the same thing now, and for the same reason: fear and money.
Bottom line: you should think for yourself, but even if you don't, leave everyone else alone.