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Is America's Afghan War in Trouble?...Ramadan
Mike Intriligator of UCLA explains "why we are losing the war we are pursuing in Afghanistan. Our first goal was to take Osama bin Laden, "dead or alive" according to President Bush,which we have not succeeded in doing. Our second goal was to force Mullah Omar and the Taliban, by our threats and our bombing, to turn bin Laden over to us, which we have not succeeded in doing. Our third goal was to destabilize the Taliban regime and put a new government in place there, which we have not succeeded in doing. Our fourth goal was to help the Northern Alliance take Kabul, or at least some territory, which we have not succeeded in doing. Our fifth goal was to avoid civilian casualties, which we have not succeeded in doing. Our sixth goal, for the future, will be to avoid casualties, which I believe that we will not succeed in doing. Our overall goal is to stop terrorism, but we have been warned about further terrorist attacks. In addition, the Afghans will retaliate in kind for the killings in their country, as called for by their tribal code, but the only means left at their disposal, after we have destroyed all their military capabilities, is terrorism, so we have not succeeded in doing this either".
My comment: Most of the terrorists are angry, violent young men who pay little heed to reason or compassion. Appeals in Spain have had no effect on ETA., which has just detonated another devastating bomb in Madrid.
Ronald Hilton - 11/6/01