Bad news from Afghanistan
- The Afghan economy is picking up, having registered double-digit growth rates for the past two years. This shows that the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies are less able to disrupt development projects and private business in all but four of the nation’s 30 provinces.
- The central government’s administrative presence has expanded rapidly, now covering some two-thirds of the territory. The Taliban’s campaign of murdering government officials has failed to stop the central government from rebuilding the civil service at all levels.
- Starting from almost zero, the country’s education and health services have been rebuilt and now cover almost half of the population. The Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies have failed to destroy public services by killing teachers, doctors and nurses.
- Afghanistan has held a number of elections to approve a new constitution and elect a parliament and president. Despite exceptional brutality, efforts by the Taliban and Al Qaeda to disrupt the process have failed. The Afghans have developed a liking for elections, a fact indicated by the steadily rising number of voters successive polls.
Oder um es in Worten auszudrücken, die auch die Gegner einer Demokratisierung Afghanistans verstehen:
There is, of course, no way in which the Taliban might ride back into Kabul as victors.
„No way“ heißt in diesem Zusammenhang auf deutsch übrigens so viel wie „You suck!“. Und zwar in Ost-Berlin wie in Süd-Tirol.