20 February 2007

The shooting is the least of it

Is there anything anyone can possibly do, to make the situation in Afghanistan more of a mess?

The answer, apparently, is yes...

-- In its most recent effort to clamp down on Taliban activity within its borders, Pakistan has announced that all 2.4 million Afghan refugees, most living in camps, must return home by 2009.
This will take the pressure off Pakistan, in a directly inverse proportion to the weight it drops on Afghanistan's fragile emerging democracy. It's a shift that creates more problems than it solves.
-- According to Western media reports, the camp has incubated several high-profile terrorists, including Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind of the first attacks on the World Trade Center in 1993, and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.
Now, I'm no geopolitical genius, but short of 25 of the world's wealthiest countries taking in 100,000 refugees apiece -- and that just isn't gonna happen -- I can't see a solution here.

Is there? Anybody?

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Anonymous said...

Depending on how well it's handled, repatriation may be a solution in itself. If Taliban are embedded in these camps now and the situation is a draw - forcing these guys out into the open might be a good thing, it disrupts their command & control and supply lines. And since there is no other solution, hopefully NATO will sieze this opportunity to crush the Taliban. Hopefully.

Neo Conservative said...


unfortunately, many rural inhabitants of afghanistan are barely out of the stone-age.

promising them a middle age feudal theocracy is actually a step up.

what they actually end up living is agrarian slavery to the drug lords... unless we break the cycle.