Monday, October 12, 2009

Afghanistan: The Mission Impossible

I watched this documentary on Afghanistan by Richard Engel of NBC. Superbly done and extraordinary courage on the part of Richard Engel and his colleagues. It is a must watch documentary for those who are interested in knowing what is going on in Afghanistan. As I watched the documentary it looked more and more like the Vietnam War and a Mission Impossible.

It is not clear what we are going to achieve in Afghanistan. If the local population is not with you then no military power in the world can prevail. The best solution looks like to leave Afghanistan. The Taliban never attacked the US and their interests are of a local nature, and after 8 years of war they will think twice to give refuge to Al-Qaeda. It is an un-winnable war and too late to win the hearts and minds of the locals. It is also further destabilizing Pakistan, as there are daily attacks on Pakistan by the Taliban. If a diplomatic solution is found then this violence might subside, however too much damage has been done over the last 8 years and there will be a lot of turmoil before this region calms down... if it calms down. Nontheless a military victory looks impossible.

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