Afghanistan Essay

1169 words - 5 pages

18 April 2012
Afghanistan is a country full of issues and problems with tough fixes. Right now Afghanistan is at war with the United States because of the attacks on September 11. 2001. The United States is fighting the war to stop the terrorist group al-Qaeda. They are fighting in Afghanistan but al-Qaeda is not in the country of Afghanistan but in Pakistan. The stakeholders in this issue are the United States, the Afghan civilians, the Afghan army, and the terrorist group al-Qaeda. There are three main problems going on in this war, the United States is fighting in the wrong country, we are fighting the wrong group of people, and the U.S. has people fighting in the war who ...view middle of the document...

wants to win this war and stop terrorism in the United States they should get out of Afghanistan and head over to Pakistan to kill the headquarters.
Much like the previous article, this article “The Afghan Imperative” isn’t about stopping the Taliban in one country because if they fight in Pakistan they will just run to Afghanistan or vice versa. Afghanistan and Pakistan are very close countries that have the same religion and the same kind of people: “Afghanistan is central to this effort partly because it could again become a safe haven to terrorists, but mostly because of its effects on the stability of Pakistan.” This just means that the countries rely on one another. If both countries rely on each other than the U.S. should attack from both countries moving toward the border killing two birds with one stone. Another reason the U.S. should force al-Qaeda through Pakistan and Afghanistan is because they are in constant movement: “… the Taliban is a transitional Pashtun movement active in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.” If al-Qaeda is in constant movement it should be easy to force the group to the border of the two countries. If the U.S. could do this they would win the war and forget about terrorism.
The third problem with this war is the U.S. has people fighting that should not be fighting at all. In the article “NATO should not be fighting this war in Afghanistan” it talks about how NATO, also known as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization should not be fighting the war with Afghanistan since they did not start it. In this war NATO is not doing what they usually do, instead they are, “Having forced regime change, NATO is now there as occupiers, charged with not just fighting the resurgent Taliban, but ensuring security, rooting out drugs production and supporting local civilian rulers whom the alliance favors and removing those it disapproves of.” To have NATO there is just a big waste because they are there but they aren’t doing what they are trained to do and that is to get rid of the bad guys. Instead of having NATO there to support local civilians the U.S. should have their troops there doing that instead of having this organization doing things they aren’t suppose to be doing: “Whatever the objectives, however, NATO is...

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