by Jacob Davies
From an FP post discussing village destruction in Afghanistan:
Well, it's a good thing we decided to take our campaign against the Taliban to the village of Tarok Kolache. I mean, if we hadn't gone there and fought off the Taliban - and improved the design of their village with our urban planning knowledge! - it's clear the local inhabitants would have continued to suffer terribly.
Luckily for them, we have brought our best planners to their village and substantially improved its livability using the latest in high-explosive remodeling techniques. They can now enjoy views of the sky night and day no matter where in their house they are; new "open plan" layouts have been designed without any of those pesky walls that were getting in their way; a modern, sparse, possession-free lifestyle is now theirs; and unparalleled views of the surrounding countryside are available now that all those inconveniently-placed pomegranate trees have been blown up.
Best of all, they can now enjoy the benevolent authority of the most corrupt government in the world instead of those nasty, nasty Taliban who made life so unlivable.
Well, they'll enjoy our brutal and corrupt puppet government until we get bored and leave, then they'll probably wind up with the Taliban again. But they'll continue to enjoy the improvements we made to their cities, and I hope, remember us fondly as they huddle in the ruins of what were once their homes.