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Dictators: A Threat, Especially In Afghanistan

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When one looks at all of the different countries out there in the world, one can see many different forms of government. Some of these forms are more complicated than others but they all have one distinct similarity. The people of the country are free to support or oppose their government. This ability creates a circuit which provides a way for the government to know when they are going down a path the people don’t support. This feedback loop prevents the government from doing something wrong. Without this freedom, the circuit is broken and there is something wrong. This is how it is in dictatorships. The freedom that people have to oppose their government no longer exists because one person has taken complete control of everything. This makes dictatorships a great danger to other countries because that feedback loop no longer exists. Without this feedback loop to provide correction for the government the dictator will be able to lead the country into any direction which he desires. This makes dictators a massive threat to all other countries. The only way to protect other countries from rampaging dictatorships, is to oust them before they fully mature. These future dictators must be removed from a position of power before they are able to become a dictator with unchecked powers. A future dictator like Hamid Karzai must be removed from power before he completely takes control of the government of Afghanistan. To do this the US must step up to the plate and act. They must convince NATO or the UN to send men to remove Karzai from his post. The usual reaction of the US would be to wait and see if the dictatorship of Karzai would openly threaten the US and then only react once it has become too late. At that point, the Karzai dictatorship will have enough power to oppose any opposition for a longer period of time and increase the costs for removing him.
Once the US has realized that Karzai is a threat to the safety and security of the American people, they must understand that the costs of taking action before Karzai has complete control over the Afghan government would be less than if they waited till after Karzai took control and openly attacked and was hostile to the US. By looking at previous scenarios where the US tried to stop a dictator who was already in power we can see the potential costs and expenses that would be encountered if the US waited till after Karzai was openly threatening the US. When we look at the costs we must consider both the costs for the necessary resources and personnel and the cost for the post operation veteran care. If we look at the Iraq war, which involved the dictator Saddam Hussein, we can see that the costs for funding the war effort was around $1.7 trillion (Trotta). This cost include the money needed to transport all of the necessary troops to Iraq along with all of their equipment. Along with the equipment they also needed all of the different vehicles like tanks, armored cars, and helicopters. Besides...

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