Sunday, November 16, 2008

On Afghanistan and abdication

Terry Glavin, trying to straighten a crooked picture:

“Today, the blunt reality and central problem in Afghanistan is that most of its people believe they were better off under the Taliban than they are under President Hamid Karzai.”

This is the opposite of the truth, and on a matter of such critical importance - what the Afghan masses actually think - it is an inexcusable error. I am now aware of 14 public opinion polls and focus group surveys conducted in Afghanistan that refute this fashionable and persistent falsehood, which has been making the rounds from almost the morning after the Taliban were routed from Kabul in 2001,

A lot more from Terry Glavin, currently on humanitarian duty in Afghanistan, here.

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