Nov 22 2009

The Best Way to Taliban-Proof Afghanistan. Stay Involved

Published by at 12:31 pm under Afghanistan,Canada,Causes,human rights

Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee co-founder and professional human rights advocate Lauryn Oates issues a call to action for the international mission in Afghanistan: stay involved and help provide education to the new generation — and by the way, make sure the security is there so that the fanatics don’t wreck the these efforts in the meantime:

I think it’s imperative that an international security force remain on the ground in Afghanistan for at least a decade to come, and that should include representation from Canada. This is part of the solution in that it will provide much needed breathing space to build the foundations of a long-term solution: the establishment of effective, quality education, health care, good governance, legal reform, poverty alleviation, and space for the growth of civil society. But the Canadian government, and other donor governments who want to see a stable, peaceful Afghanistan must begin to explicitly make the link between long-term security and quality education; and they must be in it for the long haul.

Education is the most important place donor governments can put their money. But it will take years, if not decades, of commitment and there must be clear measures of accountability for results. It’s not enough that schools are open and pupils – girls and boys – are in their seats. More must be done, and soon. By investing in a quality education system in Afghanistan, Canada will help prevent future wars; and by maintaining a military presence on the ground now and beyond 2011, they can help stop this one.

This of course is in stark contrast to the strategy that appears to be favored by Afghan parliamentarian Malalai Joya, the darling of the largely leftist “troops-out-now” movement. Joya has still failed to explain how an international pullout followed by a civil war and eventual Taliban victory would be good for Afghan women.

Indeed, it is clear that all Afghan women with access to email list-servers and other means of communication are virtually unanimous in their opposition to Joya’s treacherous demagoguery. That’s because they know what a Taliban victory means in Afghanistan.

Malalai Joya, how will this help Afghan women?

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4 responses so far

4 Responses to “The Best Way to Taliban-Proof Afghanistan. Stay Involved”

  1. johnon 22 Nov 2009 at 3:40 pm

    “The Best Way to Taliban-Proof Afghanistan. Stay Involved”

    Two words and THAT’S the best way?

    I’ve got a BETTER way to Taliban-proof Afghanistan in two words.

    “Drop nukes”

  2. jnarveyon 22 Nov 2009 at 4:26 pm

    The joke is not funny, John.

    The only reason I’m bothering to respond here is to remind readers (as if they ought to need reminding) that the Afghan people are not our enemies.

    The Taliban represent a relatively tiny constituency overwhelmingly hated by most Afghans. Weapons of mass destruction that irradiate large tracts of territory are not efficient tools for rooting out insurgents living in caves or hiding among the brutalized population of an outlying village.

    The Afghan people need our help in overcoming a thuggish and fanatical group of fascists that mostly operates in disguise among them. Counter-insurgency is the appropriate tactic and it will win in the end, so long as the international community persists in also providing necessary aid and capacity-building.

  3. Joshuaon 24 Nov 2009 at 11:48 pm

    I have to agree with you jnarvey.We must stay with the Afghans and not abandon them to fanatics.I still believe our military needs a rest and refit,but it should be cycled as opposed to a straight up pull out in 2011.The mission ends in 2011?Make preparations now to draw up a new plan to last at least 10 years to continue.This plan needs to include counter insurgency operations as well and infrastructure building.

  4. WordOfAdviceon 25 Nov 2009 at 10:54 am

    I do take exception with the (pardon the expression)”liberal” use of the word “fascist”… when in the context of your dialogue clearly doesn’t fit.

    The definition of fascism is as follows:

    Fascism is a political ideology that seeks to combine radical and authoritarian nationalism with a corporatist economic system, and which is usually considered to be on the far right of the traditional left-right political spectrum.

    The Taliban are driven by religion, and believe in global, not nationalist structure, and islam by its culture generally eschews what we typically expect from commercial ventures or capitalism as we know it. So really the only parallel is the bent on authoritarianism. A more appropriate term would be militarized religious zealots….of which they are one of many different stripes in the world today which should be eradicated. Unfortunately this isn’t done by bombing them, but by educating everyone exposed to them that reality is a much better option than radical religious zealotry that perpetuates misery for everyone.

    People shouldn’t die or suffer because they don’t believe in the same imaginary god, or deity, or whatever spaghetti monster you believe in. Practice your religion in your home, do not make others suffer for it. But at any rate, it ain’t fascism, so please stop with it.

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