The Forgotten War Persuasive Essay

The Forgotten War
This persuasive essay asserts that the Taliban resistance in Afghanistan is a threat to American freedoms and that US military presence in Afghanistan is necessary for America's national security.
# 117218 | 2,078 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2008 | US

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This paper examines the controversial issue of whether or not a U.S. military presence is necessary in Afghanistan. This paper discusses the history of the war in Afghanistan and examines the Taliban's presence and influence in the area. This paper asserts that the armed forces of Afghanistan are weak and ill-equipped to deal with the Taliban. The paper also examines the threat posed by the Taliban's alarmingly large support base and how Afghanistan is a popular hide-out for high profile Taliban commanders.

From the Paper:

"While the opposition has strong arguments, there is undeniable evidence on the topic that can prove the Taliban resistance in Afghanistan. The first argument in opposition to the Taliban emergence maintains that the Taliban insurgents are defeated and that the overall situation could be classified as stable. There are numerous facts and events that show the emergence of the Taliban as a fighting force. The average number of violent accidents per month in Afghanistan has increased by 529 deaths per month from 2003 to 2008 (Stanekzai). This is followed by an increase of casualties inside the US and British forces deployed in the country. The US forces have seen an increase of 218 casualties per year from 2003 to 2008 and the British forces have seen an increase of 64 casualties per year, which is Britain's highest casualty rate since the end of World War II (US Department of Defense and UK Ministry of Defense). These numbers are a proof of the escalation of the fight in Afghanistan and also of the Taliban's improved skills in operational planning and executing."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Current Afghan Government More Corrupt Than Taliban, Survey Finds." International Herald Tribune 19 Mar. 2007, N.Y. 24 Feb. 2009 <>.
  • "DoD Casualty Report." United States. Department of Defense. 17 Mar. 2009 <>.
  • Gall, Carlotta, and David Rohde. "Militants Escape Control of Pakistan, Officials Say." New York Times 15 Jan. 2008. 21 Feb. 2009 <>.
  • Mazzetti, Mark, and Eric Schmitt. "Pakistanis Aided Attack in Kabul, U.S. Officials Say." New York Times 1 Aug. 2008. 23 Feb. 2009 <>.
  • Operation Herrick Casualty Tables up to 28 February 2009. United Kingdom. Ministry of Defense. <>.

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