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Reply #35: You might want to re-examine "Assuming that the Afghanis don't want us there." [View All]

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Occam Bandage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-23-08 04:55 PM
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35. You might want to re-examine "Assuming that the Afghanis don't want us there."
The people of Afghanistan are not opposed to the NATO presence.

You then might want to re-examine "to escalate the war there would probably result in the deaths of thousands or tens of thousands." In Afghanistan, death is caused not by the presence of NATO troops, but rather by the chaos and narco-warlordism that fills power vacuums wherever NATO is unable to offer its support. More people will die, both immediately and down the road, if we abandon Afghanistan to drugs and thugs, than if we were to bolster the NATO mission.

Afghanistan was badly unsupported for years. We had better troop coverage in the post-invasion period in Haiti and Bosnia than we did in Afghanistan. Comparing Afghanistan to Vietnam is absolutely ridiculous.
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