Friday, March 25, 2011

The real enemy in Afghanistan is illiteracy

Via Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee

It has always been clear to me that Afghanistan is a generational war, to win we must educate a new generation. Normal education is the biggest threat to the Taliban, hence their destruction of schools, murders of teachers, threats to parents and throwing acid onto schoolgirls. Regardless of what you think of the war, the increased number of people that have been able to go to school and the increase in the number of infants that survive their first year is impressive. We have done far more good there than bad. The question is; "Will we setup the conditions for the Afghans to succeed before we leave?" for that I don't have the answer.

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