Sunday, July 19, 2009
# Posted 11:13 PM by Ariel David Adesnik
A common refrain I hear is that the Taliban has limited appeal, they're fragmented, the Afghans don't want them back, they're not that strong, etc. The humanitarian camp seems to think that IGOs and NGOs can effectively conduct reconstruction without more security by helping the population (a rather extreme take on "winning hearts and minds") while the "not important" camp seems to say, "Why are we wasting our time running around after a bunch of backward, bearded guerrillas who aren't a direct threat to us?"And this time, Pakistan is on the brink of chaos, so a Taliban state next door would add fuel to that dangerous fire.
Cross-posted at Conventional Folly (0) opinions -- Add your opinion
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