How do the Events in Afghanistan Affect Our Security at Home?

Dear Fellow Survivalist;

For the last couple of weeks, the whole nation has been watching the events unfold in Afghanistan, as the government has collapsed and the Taliban has taken over. Ever since President Biden officially announced the US military pullout, the country has been in a shambles, with the Taliban emboldened and pretty much everyone else running in fear.

While it has been clear for years that the only thing holding the Afghani government up was US support, and that the government would collapse, I don’t think anyone had any idea how fast that would happen. Collapsing a full two weeks before our pullout is shows this situation to be unique in all of world history. Never before has a government collapsed so quickly.

This situation has brought up a long list of questions and accusations. But that’s not what I want to focus on here. Those questions will be answered elsewhere, if they are answered at all. The question that should concern us all is just how much the events in Afghanistan will end up affecting our security here at home.

Looking back, we first went into Afghanistan in search of al-Queda in response to the 9-11 attack on the Twin Towers in New York. Al-Queda was, and still is, supported by the Taliban, who had control over parts of Afghanistan. Somehow, our battle against the terrorist organization morphed into general support for the Afghani government, where we were rebuilding and training their military. In the last 20 years, we’ve actually done that six times, starting from scratch each time. That alone tell us what sort of mess Afghanistan was and is.

Now that we’re pulling out, it’s not surprising that the Taliban is taking over. The only thing that is surprising is how fast, as I mentioned before. But what’s concerning about that is that al-Queda and ISIS-K, both terrorist organizations, are right there by their side. They’re helping surround the Airport in Kabul, even as I sit here writing.

So what’s going to happen with these terrorist organizations next? What are they going to do?

Sadly, the way that the situation in Afghanistan has gone down has made the United States look weak. Rather than telling the Taliban what we are going to do, or even negotiating an agreement with them, we are buckling down to their demands, allowing a group of some 75,000 militants to dictate policy to the most powerful nation in the world. That’s not a good precedent and breaks the long-standing policy of us not negotiating with terrorists.

Such apparent weakness always tends to embolden terrorist organizations. Like any other predator, terrorists look to attack the weak. That simply makes sense as it allows them to accomplish their goals, with the minimal risk to themselves, just like hyenas attacking the oldest and weakest gazelles.

What that means is that with the actions of the President making the United States look weak, we can probably expect to see an increase in the terrorist threat level. Adding that to the extremely porous southern border that the Biden/Harris administration has created, and we could see a substantial increase in terrorist activity over the next year or two.

Keep in mind that many of these people consider us to be their direct enemy. So even though the vast majority of terrorist attacks actually happen in Muslim-controlled countries, there’s plenty of anger there, motivating them to reach out across the ocean and bring their attacks to us. Coupling that anger with the current state of opportunity seems to be a very dangerous mix indeed.

It’s too soon to tell, but we could be seeing a parallel situation to what happened when we pulled out of Iraq, allowing for the rise in ISIS. If you remember back then, there was a surge in terrorist incidents, both here and in Europe. The only real difference now, is that it is much easier for those terrorist to get across our southern border.

So, what should we do?

Basically we need to up our own awareness level, keeping ourselves in condition yellow, with our heads on a swivel, looking for potential threats. Over and above that, we should avoid places where terrorists are wont to go. They like big crowds, where they can get high body counts, so it’s best to avoid shopping malls, government buildings and crowded venues. Any place or event that can make big headlines when it is attacked is probably a good place to avoid.

At the same time, it’s even more important than ever that we carry concealed, each and every day. I remember talking to a Sheriff’s deputy a couple of years ago, who said that the word amongst law-enforcement officers in our area was that if terrorists ever tried anything, no LEO would have to draw a gun; the citizens who carried concealed would take care of the situation before the police could arrive at the scene. If that’s not the word amongst LEOs in your area, I’d do what I could to make it so.

Stay strapped and stay ready; keep your powder dry and your survival gear close at hand. Better pack along a good first-aid kit too.

Dr. Rich

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