The Afghan campaign is pointless, but something could be saved from it.
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In another foretaste of what may be expected this time, Razia Jan, founder of a girls’ school outside Kabul, reportedly said recently, “[T]hey threw hand grenades in a girls’ school, and 100 girls were killed. Every day, you hear that somebody’s thrown acid at a girl’s face … or they poison their water.”
According to the United Nations, there were at least 185 documented attacks on schools and hospitals in Afghanistan last year. The majority of the attacks were attributed to “groups opposed to girls’ education,” and to women engaging in such occupations as medicine or nursing.
Afghanistan has a small Westernized elite, centered on Kabul. There have been some moving stories of the bravery of those who tried to preserve some artifacts of culture from the Taliban. If the Western powers were interested in doing something humane and constructive, they would be making plans to get these people out — particularly professional women and school-girls — and arranging re-settlement for them.
Once the Western forces are gone, if they are left behind, fleeing over the desolate mountains to, say, Pakistan, will hardly improve matters for these desperate people. A Taliban victory in Afghanistan can be expected to finish off the beleaguered democratic institutions in the failing State of Pakistan as well. Other neighbors — India and China — are unlikely to give refugees a warm welcome. Neither wants more Muslims, Westernized or not.
Selecting the people to be given refugee status and evacuated, as well as finding countries willing to give them refuge, and even organizing transport, will be a long and complex task, calling for a major international administrative effort, and an effort against the clock at that. However, there is at present no evidence that anything along these lines is being done.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online