On his Wednesday podcast, comedian Adam Carolla explained why despite some hints the Taliban could renounce al Qaeda, the situation in Afghanistan and many other nations like it is hopeless.
Carolla pointed out the ease of which the world transitioned from the Cold War to the one where terrorism has to be confronted daily.
“Jesus Christ — did anyone know we’d be this fucked up, this long?” Carolla said. “If somebody said, like in 1988, like, ‘All right, don’t worry this whole Cold War thing is going to be over soon. The Berlin Wall is coming down. [David] Hasselhoff is going to be huge … and that’ll be that with the Soviet Union.’ You’d be like, ‘Good we can just get on with it,’ right? Uh, not so fast. There’s a whole bunch of those shitty countries you’ve never heard of and you can’t pronounce. They’re starting a war, but it’s not like a real war.”
“I’m just saying I needed a little break between the Soviet Union and whatever’s going on over there in the Middle East,” he continued. “I feel like it just went right — just flowed right into it like a shitty DJ playing two songs you can’t stand, just sitting there and mixing it right into this thing. These wars don’t have beginnings, middles, or ends. They just kind of do.”
There is no incentive for war to end in some places in the world, the author of “Not Taco Bell Material” said, which is the problem.
“You’re not going to end a war where people don’t give a shit. They have to give a shit. You need a part of the populace going, ‘Hey, man, that’s my house.’ You know what you’re doing to home prices in Tikrit? You’re driving them through the basement through the spider hole where Saddam’s hiding.”
Carolla differentiated the aftermath of World War II with the current conflict against jihadists, explaining to his co-host Alison Rosen that it was unlikely to see an end to it anytime soon.
CAROLLA: You need a whole bunch of people who go, ‘Look, man, this is a fucking hassle.’ It’s the whole Jihad part of it that’s fucked everything up. Germans, Japanese, whatever, Italians, eventually they’ll see some reason when you start blowing up too much of their stuff and they go, ‘All right, fuck it, let’s move on. You know what, let’s just go invent something. Let’s start making cars, selling shit and get a swimming pool.’ Just start selling shit to the people blowing our shit up and we’ll get out of it — this is a mindset, you know what I mean?
ROSEN: It’s about ideology.
CAROLLA: Yeah, it’s not about money. It’s not about finance or commerce. I don’t know when we’re going to talk anyone out of this.
ROSEN: It’s not about something that can be compromised.
CAROLLA: Right, when we’re going to talk anyone out of this. The Japanese were like, ‘Look, couple nukes went off, we’re not going to win this one. Put your guns down, let’s start rebuilding.’ And then they put their shit down and then they start selling us cars. Fine. This is not going to work that way. And I don’t know if there’s a definitive end to this. It’s just a slow bleed.
Gabe Finger contributed to this article