Saturday, November 7, 2009

An egg at 18 Miles

NYT 8.11.2009 ....“What have the Americans done in eight years?” asked Abdullah Wasay, 60, a pharmacist in Charikar, a market town about 25 miles north of Kabul, expressing a view typical of many here. “Americans are saying that with their planes they can see an egg 18 kilometers away, so why can’t they see the Taliban?”

Trouble is they can see the egg but not inside to see if it is addled or not.

Another quote ....With less certainty about America’s continued commitment, there is a growing sense that the only sure way to peace is through negotiations with the Taliban. “They are the sons of this country, it is right to negotiate with the Taliban,” said Mohammed Younnis, a shopkeeper in Charikar who sells tea, sugar and grains.

“This government is Afghan, and the Taliban are Afghan; they should build the country together,” he said.

Out of the mouths of the not so young?

1 comment:

BLiP said...

The more I read about what's going on in Afghanistan, the more I angry I become that our finest and bravest have been sent their to kill people on behalf of American corporate interests. The only argument I have heard in favour of sending Kiwi troops that rings true for me is that it prevents New Zealand from being identified by the US as a threat, and reduces the inevitable meddling in our affairs.

What a price to pay.