For Immediate Release
Coalition Forces On The Wrong Track in Afghanistan
Anand Gopal: Afghanistan does not need more guns, it needs reconstruction and reconciliation
KABUL - Earlier this week, US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates spoke about the need for a greater commitment of troops and money from NATO countries involved in Afghanistan. He described NATO's operations in Afghanistan as being 'hamstrung' by national differences over troop numbers and budgets. Gates' statements favour a troop surge in Afghanistan, similar to the one in Iraq.
The Realnews spoke with Anand Gopal, a journalist for Inter Press Services (IPS) who is stationed in Kabul. Gopal states that the recent rise in violence is not impacted by the number of NATO troops. Increasing levels of insurgency are due to a weak central government, perceived by the public as being corrupt, and the high numbers of civilian casualities. Gopal argues the number of NATO troops would contribute less to the stabilization of the situation. Instead, reconstruction and reconciliation should be NATO's priority.
After seven years, the US is 'realizing the war is not going their way,' Gopal notes. He concludes the Afghanistan needs less boots on the ground and an increased emphasis on reconstruction.
SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT
Never Miss a Beat.
Get our best delivered to your inbox.
This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.
Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Don't Exist.
Please select a donation method: