Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by Bravo_Bravo, Oct 20, 2009.
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Another very interesting article. Michael appears to be arguing for something like the old Palestine Mandate, where an area was given over to another country to run for a set period, in order to build up the local infrastructure, but instead of just one country, the whole NATO alliance would take responsibility.
Apart from requiring a suspension of local sovereignty at UN level, (Which, given the last election, wouldn't be an issue to most) it would change the thrust of the campaign enormously. If there was a preselected 'Restoration Day', the Afghans would know that we had no intention of cutting and running before then. If the period (Say, 50 years) was long enough, it would give us time to think about the massive redevelopment work required, rather than knee-jerk CIMIC tasks.
In theory, a brilliant idea, but I can't help but think that there is no stomach in NATO for commitments of the length required.
Not sure if he's arguing for anything as coherent as that; rather he seems to be suggesting that support for Afghanistan should become a bit of a world cause, in a similar way to other 3rd world countries. Nice idea but currently completely unworkable and will be be until such time as NGOs can operate with freedom. That is a long way off. I can't see Comic Relef, Sting and Bono visiting Nad E Ali any time soon.
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