• Culture,  Health,  Nationalism

    The Libertarian Illusion

    Libertarians, including militant anti-vaxers, are under the illusion personal identity cards take away personal freedoms. Their beliefs are wrong because they’re based on a series of mistaken assumptions. In the first place, a government identity number, like a Social Insurance Number, does not create a personal identity. Nor does a NAZI concentration camp tattoo nor a modern credit card. We are not a blank slate before we get a birth certificate; we are, all of us, unique. Our retinas, finger prints, biometrics and DNA, are different from that of everyone else. The problem we face, that we have always faced, is establishing our identity, not denying it. We know this…

  • Afghanistan

    Pakistan’s Invisible Hand

    The leadership of the National Resistance Front gave up its fight for the Panjshir capital last night and retreated to the surrounding mountains. A spokesman, in a tweet reported by the Panjshir Observer, said it was either this or die. Last night we had to make a hard decision in the face of furious enemy attacks and depleted ammunition. Make a last stand in Bazarak and risk the total elimination of our leadership, or retreat to higher ground in order to continue the resistance. We chose the latter. Another comment, later, said the top leadership was safe. Taliban are in Bazarak, the provincial capital of Panjshir. Ahmad Massoud and Amrullah…

  • Afghanistan

    A Small Seed

    Critics of American involvement in Afghanistan have written the country off along with the involvement. They are focused on the recent excesses of Woke culture, and of the neo-Conservative philosophy that preceded it. Since they don’t like these ideas at home, they’re not sorry to see them fail abroad. They believe the Billions of dollars spent on westernizing the Afghans, and modernizing their army, have all been wasted. Well, they say, looking at the Taliban takeover, if that’s their attitude, ‘to Hell with them.’ The critics are ignoring the Panjshir, which has become a small seed of traditional Western values and technology in a sea of 7th Century religious fanatics.…

  • Afghanistan

    Taliban Suffers Defeats in Panjshir

    The Taliban launched a coordinated attack on the National Resistance Front in the Panjshir Valley last night and suffered multiple defeats. Tass, the Russian news agency, says the Taliban lost over 300 soldiers in the fighting at the entrance to the valley. According to Republic Media Network the Taliban also attempted to enter Panjshir through Anjuman Pass from Badakshan, however, the response by the resistance forces resulted in Taliban fleeing the area with heavy casualties. The Taliban lost 40 of their personnel, another 35 of them were wounded,” said Fahim Dashti, a spokesman of the resistance front. Tolo News in Kabul reported that Dashti said the Taliban attacked from three…