A proven and humane technology could end violence in the Afghanistan conflict within a few months.
"We are in Afghanistan to prevent a cancer from once again spreading through that country. But this same cancer has also taken root in the border region of Pakistan. That is why we need a strategy that works on both sides of the border." -- United States President Barack Obama, speech at US Military Academy at West Point, December 1, 2009.
There are five parties to the Afghanistan war: 1) the US and western alliance; 2) the Afghanistan government; 3) the Afghanistan opposition; 4)the Afghanistani people; and 5) Afghanistan's neighbors. Any proposed resolution to the conflict must be acceptable to all five parties, because each party to the conflict has the capacity to continue the conflict. The problem is that the goals of the different parties appear irreconcilable.
Against this background, it is truly remarkable that a scientifically tested, immediate military solution to the Afghanistan conflict is now available that will work on both sides of the border and throughout the Middle East, thereby fulfilling President Obama's greatest hopes for the region. The technology was studied in great detail during the Lebanon civil war, with a comparable set of irreconcilable goals among its participants. There it was found to be effective with statistical confidence levels more like those seen in physics than in sociology or military sciences.
A recent article summarizes a practical proposal to quickly wind down the Afghanistan war by meeting the aspirations of all parties to the conflict: