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Afghan statecraft

To describe Afghanistan as medieval is an undeserved compliment to its dark-age tribal structures. The best we can hope for is an era of UN-supervised peace

By Anatol Lieven   January 2002

To adapt 1066 And All That, the Bush administration’s approach to postwar Afghanistan might be described as right but repulsive. There is something deeply disagreeable about the indifference of some senior US officials to humanitarian relief, and their apparent readiness to wash their hands of the country as soon as al Qaida and the Taleban have been destroyed. After all, the US must bear a large share of responsibility for the Afghan debacle of the past 25 years.

If the US simply pulls out and moves on to bomb Somalia or elsewhere, it risks repeating the original mistake it made…

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