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Situation in Afghanistan the Worst Since 2001

Rising civilian casualties from US and international attacks, the resurgence of the Taliban, the rising cost of food and gas, and the failure to engage Pakistan, Iran, and India make the situation in Afghanistan the worst since 2001, according to an experienced European diplomat.

Francesc Vendrell, a Spaniard who just stepped down as the EU envoy in Kabul, insisted yesterday that the Afghan government and other countries, too, must follow military actions against the Taliban with concrete humanitarian assistance. Only then, he said, will the local people get behind the government in Kabul and its Western backers.


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Speaking at a conference of international ministers and military officers, Vendrell offered some more specific advice. To find out what that was,

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Vendrell said international players must double military efforts, build up civilian institutions, and make sure elections happen next year. He also called on the US to put forth clear standards for the hundreds of Afghans currently detained without trial.

Increased civilians deaths and detention without trial will probably have to end before the West wins the moral, let alone military, battle in Afghanistan.

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stephley stephley 7 years
For someone who advocates personal responsibility, you sure give the oddest people a pass. IMO.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
Blaming Bush is growing old as well. Clinton had him in a sniper's site, but refused to give the order to pull the trigger. He does that in '98, and the next 10 years are completely different. He goes after the goons after the USS Cole bombing, and we chase away or capture the people responsible for 9/11. Bush hasn't done the job he should have either, but Clinton had more of a hand in our current situation than Bush.
stephley stephley 7 years
Blaming Clinton is growing mold. It doesn't explain why Bush, with all the military approval he's had at his disposal, all his important friendships in Saudi Arabia, his close work with Musharaf, hasn't gone after Bin Laden and brought him in - dead or alive.
rabidmoon rabidmoon 7 years
Right, cause Clinton told Bush to blow it off when they had him in their sights and post 9/11 to boot, so he could go off and chase daddy's enemy in Iraq under the guise of a connection that was proven to be utter bullcrap. Try again.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
Yeah - They ignored him all through the 90's as well. Bin Laden didn't get this big overnight (or in 9 months). If we are going to blame someone for overlooking Bin Laden, let's make sure we put the blame on the right president - Clinton.
rabidmoon rabidmoon 7 years
Heh, no shock here. They - "they" being the Bush administration - willfully ignored where Bin Laden actually was and left a job half-finished to go chasing Saddam in Iraq under false pretences that had BUGGER ALL To do with Bin Laden, Al-Qaeda or the attacks. People love to forget that so quickly.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
we continue to get such conflicting reports now don't we? first we were hearing recently that things were getting better and that we were in a position where we wouldn't need to have as many troops in the area, and now we're hearing that in order to see any success we would need to double the amount of people over there protecting and keeping order. it's a no win situation isn't it? i think that there are a lot of people who have an idea of what it will take to get things back on track, yet no one is really sure of the best way to go - and the solution is to throw more people into the fire so to speak. it's hard to even remember what it was like before 2000 when things weren't escalated to this level. our children, and children that are growing up right now won't have any sense of what it could be like to not have such an army presence all over the world. i remember growing up and there wasn't nearly this type of thing in ANY country.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
we continue to get such conflicting reports now don't we? first we were hearing recently that things were getting better and that we were in a position where we wouldn't need to have as many troops in the area, and now we're hearing that in order to see any success we would need to double the amount of people over there protecting and keeping order. it's a no win situation isn't it? i think that there are a lot of people who have an idea of what it will take to get things back on track, yet no one is really sure of the best way to go - and the solution is to throw more people into the fire so to speak. it's hard to even remember what it was like before 2000 when things weren't escalated to this level. our children, and children that are growing up right now won't have any sense of what it could be like to not have such an army presence all over the world.i remember growing up and there wasn't nearly this type of thing in ANY country.
stephley stephley 7 years
We're going to be dealing with this mess for years to come. And if you read General Lloyd Austin's comments on Iraq today, I'm not sure you're going to be feeling so optimistic.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
I hit the link and saw it was a NY Times article, and didn't think I could stomach it so soon after lunch. On the radio, I heard that we should see a continued troop reduction in Iraq, as the Iraqi government and military is able to defend more and more of their own territory. That's good news, right?
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
I hit the link and saw it was a NY Times article, and didn't think I could stomach it so soon after lunch. On the radio, I heard that we should see a continued troop reduction in Iraq, as the Iraqi government and military is able to defend more and more of their own territory. That's good news, right?
Adrenalynn75 Adrenalynn75 7 years
Wow...is there any good news today? :(
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