Afghanistan, that other country we invaded…
What angers Afghans are not just the bombings, but also the raids of homes, the shootings of civilians in the streets and at checkpoints, and the failure to address those issues over the five years of war. Afghan patience is wearing dangerously thin, officials warn.
Despite killing one of the top Taliban commanders, the war/occupation of Afghanistan isn’t going so great and the Taliban is regaining power in a number of areas. A chunk of the foreign troops in the country are now supplied by NATO rather than solely by the U.S., and a NATO official stated “without air, we’d need hundreds of thousands of troops.”
Maybe this whole War on Terror isn’t a war that can’t be won with guns, or bigger bombs. Maybe there are ways to reconcile that don’t involve blowing up homes or families. It’s a crazy thought, but something we haven’t really tested out in our foreign policy ever.
Entry filed under: Afghanistan.