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June 23, 2010


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A senior figure was quoted yesterday, and I can't remember who (british?), saying the only solution is a western backed dictator. This to me has always seemed blindingly obvious; no idea how they'd sell it though. Too much to hope you could expect any level of realism from most of the western public.
But even then it's hardly easy; the comparisons with Vietnam are misguided in this regard. Thieu had a genuine power base, there's no equivalent in Afghanistan.

Ian Leslie

Yes, because that worked out so well in Iraq...!

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