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It is now widely accepted that the surge is only a means to an end: the end to establish a stable society in Afghanistan. This is a mammoth task requiring honest, fair leadership. The hopes of America and the West are pinned on President Hamid Karzai, the questionable election victor. Karzai has to find a… » read more

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Lyndon Johnson forfeited a second presidential term because of his decision to escalate the Vietnam war. I do hope that Barack Obama”s decision to send 30,000 more American troops to Afghanistan will not have a similar consequence. The strategy is founded on the belief that al-Qaeda needs Afghanistan as a base. But does it? Terrorist… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Everyone is waiting for President Obama’s decision on whether to send more troops to Afghanistan, and if so, how many. There is no acceptable and achievable way to ensure peace, stability, and reasonably prosperity in the whole of Afghanistan. What then does the West do, bearing in mind the huge negative contribution made to the… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Remember Niebuhr!

Barack Obama, when leaving the Senate floor a couple of years ago, called Reinhold Niebuhr “one of [his] favourite philosophers” for his account of “compelling idea that there’s serious evil in the world”. President Obama, when grappling with the problems of Afghanistan, should again study Niebuhr, regarded as the most influential American theologian of the… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Ongoing Afghan dilemma

I’ve been struggling since Barack Obama entered the White House over what attitude to take towards NATO’s involvement in Afghanistan. One side of me does not believe we can achieve even limited goals; the other side says that we Europeans should support the new president. The principal objective of the Obama policy is to defeat… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick