Last month, NATO forces struck back around Panjwai with artillery and aerial bombardments, killing an estimated 500 Taliban fighters and destroying homes and schools. But unless NATO can stay for years, create a trustworthy police force and spend the millions necessary to regenerate the district, the Taliban will be back.
Oct. 22, 2006
Just one paragraph from Rubin's remarkable piece describing conditions in Afghanistan. Rubin has written her piece in two parts with the next installment coming next week.
Part one, as Panglossian Notes points out, is disturbing. And, it underscores that Harper's adherence to a predominantly war-fighting mission demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of the complexities on the ground. He hasn't a clue.