Afghanistan's Dim Hopes for Peace

In ancient Rome there was a famous saying Solitudinem Faciunt Pacem Appellant, -- "they create desolation and call it peace." This saying seems to fit the kind of "peace" the US and its allies until rccently sought to establish in Afghanistan. The idea was not to let the Afghans decide their future, their rulers, and manage their affairs. It instead was to establish peace by destroying those forces which were not sensitive enough to US interests. The idea of "dismantling the terrorist networks'" was thought to be the way to establish that peace, but contrarily it has led to more destruction, dislocation, and disruption of common people, not only in Afghanistan but also in the bordering Pakistni regions, resulting in the spread of insurgency even in those areas of Northern Afghanistan which hitherto had remained immune for a long time.

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