Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Afghanistan Doesn't Need a 'Surge' -- WSJ

Afghanistan needs many things, but two more brigades of U.S. troops are not among them.

Afghanistan's problems are not the same as Iraq's. Its people aren't recovering from a brutal, all-controlling tyranny, but from decades of chaos and centuries of bad government. Afghanistan, unlike Iraq, is largely illiterate and has a relatively undeveloped civil society. Afghan society still centers around the family and, for men, the mosque. Its society and traditions are still largely intact, in contrast to Iraq's fractured, urbanized and half-modernized population.


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