March 7, 2009

WHAT IS YOUR DEMOCRACY TO OUR rEALISTS?:

Why Afghanistan needs democracy: Afghans don't want to abandon the accomplishments they've made in protecting their freedoms, including equal rights for women (Khorshied Samad, March 07, 2009, The Ottawa Citizen)

In the midst of deliberations about the strategy and scope of the Afghan mission in the U.S. and elsewhere, when the country is preparing to take part in another historic election this year, some analysts are trying to put the emphasis purely on the military, while others still hold importance in democracy-building and reconstruction activities.

Meanwhile every poll and survey continues to show that everyday Afghans, while critical of some aspects of the mission over the past eight years, believe in further developing democratic values and structures as a safeguard against extremism and injustice that are considered universal threats.

Many in the West fail to realize that if the mission focused solely on military gains, or, worse yet, if the window were to close on social-economic development, the Afghan people, especially women, would not only lose the gains achieved over the past few years, but would face an uncertain, grim future.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 7, 2009 7:48 AM
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