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  •  Our responsibility is to let the Afghanis work (6+ / 0-)

    things out and to provide assistance that will help it recover from the military operations that have ravaged it the past 20 years.

    We may not like the popularity of the Taliban or the tactics they use to assert control over areas of Afghanistan - but it is for them to settle with their countrymen.

    Our role is to work with whoever emerges - with no military intervention or taking sides - to deny Afghanistan as a haven for terror organizations or a source of opium.

    Whatever their cultural preferences with respect to treatment of women and religious law is not for us to decide.

    There were US negotiations in process with the Taliban to build a gas pipeline across Afghanistan prior to 9/11.  Evidently they weren't objectionable then.

    I believe 9/11 served a two-fold purpose:  to allow the attack on Afghan soil of training camps and gave the US a reason to support a competing faction that might have been more tractable in oil pipeline negotiations.  The installation of Hamid Karzai, a former Unocal consultant, as PM makes it even more likely that Unocal and other energy interests have their fingers in our Afghanistan involvement.

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