Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Third Way for Afghanistan?
It's an interesting approach. But for it to work the two "worlds" co-existing in Afghanistan would then have to have workable agreements to negotiate their interconnections. For instance, agreements on traffic flowing on national highways--how tolls would be divided, what actions would be taken against bandits, etc. There would also have to be some way, perhaps akin to medieval European laws about sanctuary in cities, to allow for people who don't want to live under harsher social codes in the villages to be able to safely move into the urban zones.
Could this help to square the difference between the U.S. interest in nation-building and human rights and the interests in winding down the conflict and preventing a resurgence of groups basing in Afghanistan that seek to do us harm?
Again, just some thoughts to consider.