November 20, 2008

RATHER, THE KEY IS THE RECOGNITION OF PASHTUNISTAN:

Pashtun Tribes Seen As Key To Afghan Peace: Some analysts say resentment of the government and foreign forces is too strong for the militia proposal to work. (Javno, 11/21/08)

Everyone agrees that ethnic Pashtun tribes along the Pakistani border are key to bringing an end to Afghanistan's war but no one seems to be able to agree on how the Pashtuns might unlock the door to peace.

Most members of the Taliban are Pashtun, Afghanistan's biggest ethnic group, and most Pashtuns live in the south and east where the Taliban insurgency is at its worst.

Pashtuns also live over the border in violence-plagued regions of northwest Pakistan, where they too are fiercely independent-minded, well-armed, conservative Muslims.


Which would also be known as Ground Zero.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at November 20, 2008 8:16 AM
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