For the second time in just over 10 years, the U.S. finds itself at war in the western half of Asia. Unlike the Persian Gulf War of 1991, when oil production was a major consideration in the liberation of Kuwait from Iraqi invasion, the situation in Afghanistan has little to do with energy.
One could say that in the earlier war, the U.S.-led coalition was keeping the world safe for oil exportation. In the current conflict, however, the U.S. and its partners are striving for something fundamentally more basic – keeping the world safe from terrorism and ensuring the reign of freedom. Unlike 1991, the coalition forces are not fighting a highly organized state, nor are they fighting a conventional war. Indeed, they are taking on an enemy that seems to play by no rules at all, certainly not those of modern societies.
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