Monday, December 6, 2010

Are We Winning or Losing in Afghanistan?

An opinion piece by a Canadian columnist who says we are not winning in Afghanistan.
"The few Taliban fighters who are able to read would find your assertion that they will be hard pressed to wait out NATO laughable. While NATO looks for nice tidy end dates, Afghanistan is steeped in a tribal culture where time is irrelevant. The defending of honour or exacting of revenge could happen today, four years from now or a generation from now. The West has poured billions of dollars into the fight. We have jet fighters, helicopter gunships, tanks, artillery, unmanned drones and the best trained and equipped soldiers in the history of warfare. The mostly illiterate Taliban have AK 47s, Soviet era RPGs, opium to finance their battle and a few goats. Still they fight."
See "West losing an unwinnable war", The Star, November 27, 2010.

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