Quote: Originally Posted by Curiosity
Is that what you are getting from this?
Is that how the Afghan people were living when the Taliban had invaded them - what about the destruction the Taliban had already enacted on the people in Afghanistan.
They have barely recovered from being part of the failed soviet system and along come another
warlike group of invaders.
Would it be best to stay home and ignore the problem?
You complain but offer no solutions. Or have none to offer.
Google Taliban in Afghanistan.
As an example here is one article...www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00132.htm (external - login to view)
Here is what I have to offer...I believe that legitimizing the poppy industry in Afghan will do wonders for that country. The west needs heroin dirivatives for medicinal purposes. There is even some what of a shortage. By having western countries, and encouraging western pharmaceutical companies to start investing in afghanistan and buying the poppy seeds to use for legitimate purposes, many of the rural folks who are keeping the taliban alive and strong because they know the taliban will help to protect their lucrative poppy crops, which are now ending up on western streets, will no longer need to rely on the taliban. It will provide a stable, profitable industry in a country where there currently is none, and allow people to start accumulating some wealth, which will allow individuals to start to rebuild their lives.
I also say that the west HAS to start talking to the people that it would just rather blow up. Start talking. Bush says he won't talk...he just wants to use weapons. Get everyone involved in one frickin' room and start a dialogue...it may not amount to much in the end...but at LEAST someone has to give it a shot...noone has done that yet.
Winning hearts and minds. That phrase has been used over and over and over. But, the western invaders have done little to win hearts and minds. But, I think if they actually stuck to the concept, they might get alot further. More dialogue with people on the street...stop looking at everyone as though they are a terrorist, start shedding the weaponry, start having parties, I dunno, just start actually winning hearts and minds instead of acting like occupiers. I believe that the Canadian army has proven to be better at this than our friends to the south, however, I think more can be done, and more creative approaches towards doing it safely are important to start looking at.
I think there are many things that can be done in afghanistan...I don't think what is being done now is exactly the best way to go...obviously. There does not seem to be an end in sight. How can you deliver hope and optimism, which is important when you are looking for support, if it appears that war will keep going on for as long as anyone can forsee? Alternative routes MUST be taken.