Tuesday, December 14, 2004

An update on the forgotten war

Afghan authorities apparently have captured the former security chief of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar in Kandahar, the Taliban's birthplace. I can't help but wonder how many more terrorists we would have rounded up in those mountains and caves by now had the Bush administration sent 140,000 troops to Afghanistan instead of Iraq.

Setting aside any policy differences, I commend the Afghans for the police work that led to the security chief's arrest, and I also give thanks to the U.S. soldiers who bravely search the rough terrain and patrol the streets of Afghanistan every day. You don't hear much media discussion of Afghanistan these days, especially after the recent presidential election there, but that country still isn't exactly as safe as suburbia, and it's a long way from being a democratic utopia.

Soldiers and civilians in Afghanistan face the prospect of sudden death every day, just as they do in Iraq. Their sacrifices are no less important just because fewer television cameras are there to record them.


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