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  •  Summation (0+ / 0-)

    This is Ben Anderson, the award winning reporter who filmed the story, at the end of the piece linked above. I think the line I emphasize says it all:

    But from what I saw, corruption and criminality are widespread among the police in Sangin. This is exactly the kind of behaviour that led many Afghans to welcome the Taliban when they swept to power in 1996. Is this what all the fighting and bloodshed has been for?
    PS, to correct slightly what I wrote above, the deputy chief of police for the province did not only go on leave without making any arrangements to raid the worst outposts; he retired.

    "Who stood against President Obama in 2012?" - The trivia question nobody can answer.

    by Lib Dem FoP on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 09:35:24 AM PST

    •  nation building (0+ / 0-)

      This is exactly why introducing democracy too early can lead to disaster, but if we're not committed to several generations of colonialism and nation bulding, investing in schools, and enforcing our beliefs about human rights and governance on the population, how do we make them do what we want them to do?

      •  Self determination? (1+ / 0-)
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        I happen to agree with your general principle that if one country colonizes another in the name of an arbitrary concept such as a "war on terror" or an imperial project, they are duty bound to leave it in a better position.  You are exactly right in describing the problem of relieving oneself of the "White Man's Burden".

        One of the difficulties in de-colonization in the 1950s and 1960s was that manifestly some countries in the British Empire were absolutely ready for self-government and, after 100 years or more of colonization the concepts of democracy were well established. On the other hand, in some countries like Uganda and Nigeria tribal and religious differences among the population of an artificial construct were almost bound to lead to civil war and conflict.  (As a Briton, I am torn between regarding decolonization as a generally good thing and these situation where many suffered as a result of moving too soon to independence - at it must be said the insistence of the USA).

        Afghanistan has almost always been a "basket case". The sole unifying factor was the King, partly as a result of the crown's ability to unify the tribal factions. Yet in 2004 the USA prevented the Loya Jurga from inviting the last king to resume the throne despite it being under him that Afghanistan went through a period of (relative) peace, prosperity and advancement during which women and girls were able to get education and attend university.

        "Who stood against President Obama in 2012?" - The trivia question nobody can answer.

        by Lib Dem FoP on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 11:08:41 AM PST

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    •  Well, we have to dismiss this reporter's (0+ / 0-)

      credentials according to some posters, as he wrote a story that cast the smoking weed as bad.

      I swear, some of these posts make me despair for humanity.

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