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Friday, April 17, 2009

An Iranian scholar offers an enlightening lesson on Afghanistan


again, even though i am sitting here in the qall e-fatullah neighborhood of kabul getting ready to wind up my fourth visit to afghanistan in little more than a week, i certainly don't present myself as any authority on this country... i'm always on the lookout for a few words of wisdom that can help me understand the complexities of what i see in front of me each and every day...

from the la times

The people of Afghanistan should get some benefits from the presence of the foreign military. They should be enjoying a better life. After World War II, the American troops came to Europe and were liked, but they were not liked in Vietnam and Iraq, because [the people there] did not get anything good out of it.

from the moment i first stepped off the plane at the kabul airport a year ago march, i've been stunned at the living conditions i've witnessed, conditions that are staggeringly abhorrent nearly eight years after the u.s. invasion in late 2001... given the billions and billions of dollars that have been thrown at this country, to see people living in such desperate and deplorable circumstances defies all reason... i keep hoping obama will produce some kind of magic wand and make it all better, but it doesn't seem to be headed in that direction very fast...

take the time and read the entire article... it's clearly written by someone who has thought a great deal about the situation and is attempting to offer a bit of reasoned thinking, a commodity that seems to be in short supply...

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