I tried posting this question elsewhere, but I think I selected the wrong forum and didn’t word my query very well. Here it goes again:
Since(A) Gurkhas are already acknowledged as some of the fiercest fighters in the world, and (B) this is their neck of the woods, or mountains as it were, and © AFAIK they still are a significant presence in the armies of our allies the Brits, then can we expect them to make a disproportionate contribution to the coming Afghan war?
In the other forum, I thought it was kind of curious that I seemed to be attacked as a racist for thinking that Gurkhas are very well suited for this kind of hand-to-hand, cave-to-cave, altogether bloody kind of battle. I dunno, if it’s racist to think of the (historical) Gurkha, Hmong, Maori, Zulu, and Spartans as superior fighters by virtue of their backgrounds, then color me guilty.
As a separate question, this started me thinking that since America supposedly has weak political will to see its soldiers being killed, maybe it’s time to institute a figurative “Gurkha” program of our own, perhaps offering immigrant visas as an incentive after X years of service. This program would be open to foreign nationals of any extraction, would not necessarily mandate “segregated” troops, and would require the foreign troops to be held to a certain level of conduct. Framed in these terms, would an American “Gurkha” program or an “American Foreign Legion” be a good idea?