The questions of why war can be as complex as a politicians answer or as simple as a Generals. A politicians will talk about backing the Afghan government in their bid to ensure the country is not a safe haven for al qeada and that the Taliban and their fascist ways will for ever be on the edge of society and not in charge of it. Many generals will say something a little less poetic. Its not about a grid square, or a town, its not about land its about killing as many bad guys as possible. As with all things in life both statements are true.
The strategies of the countries involved can be as confusing as the war itself...
We will look at lessons learned from this war for generations.... the US forces are now better equipped at the basic soldier level than ever before, the same with troops from Sweden to Canada, to the UK, to Dutch and French. This war has done one amazing thing and that it has shown that European and North American (and some Oceania) countries can quite literally be the best in the world.
Will Afghan collapse to a civil war? I honestly dont think so and I base that on the fact that the main cities of Afghan do not want this they wish to be part of the real world and wish to bring their expertise and intelligence to that world. The question is what will Pakistan do? (WWPD?) This when asked with the simple question, what will india's influence in a ISAF free Afghan be like? If India chooses to have closer ties with Afghan than this could bring fear into the heart of the Pakistan military and secret service (ISI, those who created the Taliban).
With fear comes stupid decisions.
As we look at this complex world where Putin has decreed that he is the new worlds "hitler" we have to start looking at the concepts of just war and the questions of why to go to war.
In the future what wars will be the right and correct ones?
What wars are morally just and correct?
What wars follow international law?
When is right to defend an innocent?
In a society that is finishing its longest war its time we look to the reasons why, the outcomes and even how the war was fought to see who we are as a society.