Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Sunday, June 18, 2006
After over 25 years of war Afghans are tired of fighting. While the Taliban was a strict authoritarian governing system the one thing they represent is security. Under their rule the country became safe again. Opium production was brought to a halt and the warlords were largely silenced in parts of the country that the Taliban controlled.Under the US-led-coalition-forces a much more complicated reality has set in. In order to fight the war of terrorism, the coalition joined with the warlords in the outer regions, ignoring their human rights abuses and flagrant abuse of power. These alliances have made it hard to create a strong central government, which is essential for long term security. They also have made it possible to raise opium production to larger numbers than have ever been see before.
Meanwhile a major change is happening in the war. Nato is taking control of the ground war. As opposed to
I believe this is a crucial time for the