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  •  Yeah, And the Taliban Were Initially Popular (3+ / 0-)
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    evilrick, hilltopper, willb48

    That wore off pretty quickly.

    People generally prefer order to chaos, but excessive and repressive order wears thin very quickly.

    The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

    by Dana Houle on Mon Dec 25, 2006 at 06:54:25 PM PST

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    •  Projection (0+ / 0-)

      "excessive and repressive order wears thin very quickly"

      With Americans used to freedom coupled with security.
      For people accustomed to years of corruption, armed conflict and anarchy, repressive order is a tonic.

      The Afghanis did not overthrow the Taliban because of popular resistance to their repression and retrogressive world view.  Does anyone think that if the US/UN were to leave Afghanistan, the Afghanis would stand up against the Taliban?

      Although we should be idealistically be committed to Western principles of freedom, imposing freedom on foreign states militarily (proxy support of Ethiopian aggression) is not a good idea.  Did we not learn anything from Iraq?

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