Monday, July 05, 2010

Fareed, that's how it's always been. Fareed Zakaria on Afghanistan

"areed Zararia, the editor of Newsweek's international editions and CNN host, criticized the war in his strongest terms yet on his CNN program Sunday. "If Al Qaeda is down to a hundred men there at the most," Zakaria asked, "why are we fighting a major war?"

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"The whole enterprise in Afghanistan feels disproportionate," Zakaria remarked, "a very expensive solution to what is turning out to be a small but real problem. ""

Yes, the whole enterprise has been disproportionate, from its very start. Even if there were several thousand members of Al Qaida in Afghanistan the invasion, destruction, and occupation of that country constitutes a sort of collective punishment against people who were suffering mightily under the Taliban already.

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