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  •  They're not taking over again. (0+ / 0-)

    At least they won't be if ISAF continues with its impressive work in helping the Afghans to build their country's security forces and the international community continues to help with rebuilding the country's infrastructure.

    There are currently lots of great, helpful projects going on there. But I guess there is no room in a flashy, superficial news cycle for projects where micro hydro power, solar, and wind power bring electricity to people whom have never had electricity before or not had it in 25 years

    "The perfect is the enemy of the good." - Voltaire

    by Lawrence on Fri Aug 27, 2010 at 04:26:37 PM PDT

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    •  Unfortunately the Taliban, being islamic (0+ / 0-)

      fundamentalist religious fanatics, are more motivated than NATO and the moderate Muslims of AfPAk. It's just how it is.

      •  The Taliban are not a monolithic group (0+ / 0-)

        In fact, the vast majority of the foot soldiers are likely mainly fighting because of the pay.

        The more territory they lose, the more jobs become available because of development, and the more commanders they lose, the more likely the foot soldiers are to split off.

        And they're not exactly popular amongst the populace, especially not in comparison to the Afghan National Army.

        While the Afghan National Army enjoys in excess of 80% support, the percentage of the population that is supportive of the Taliban hovers around 10%.

        That's not good news for the Taliban, especially since the ANA is rapidly growing in both size and quality.

        "The perfect is the enemy of the good." - Voltaire

        by Lawrence on Fri Aug 27, 2010 at 09:18:27 PM PDT

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    •  Don't project on me please (0+ / 0-)

      I've written about the sundry development projects many, many times. The occupation invalidates and endangers those "great, helpful projects" - development is best left to civilians with the State Dept, UN, NGOs, etc

      http://seminal.firedoglake.com/...

      •  I can definitely agree with you here (0+ / 0-)

        development is best left to civilians with the State Dept, UN, NGOs, etc

        I have a good friend who worked in Afghanistan for an NGO.

        The only problem is that NGO's, etc. have an extremely hard time working in regions where there is no security.

        I am confident that civilian services will increasingly take over as the secure zones continue to expand.

        "The perfect is the enemy of the good." - Voltaire

        by Lawrence on Fri Aug 27, 2010 at 09:22:40 PM PDT

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