I wish we could say to President Obama, “Yes Afghanistan
needs troops–but it needs troops of doctors, troops of teachers, troops
of Peace Corps volunteers, and troops of farmers to go and replant the
fruit orchards. For anyone who grew up in India or Pakistan,
Afghanistan was the place where you bought the best, incredible dried
fruit in the world. Those orchards have been completely devastated.
Afghanistan was not a country that just grew poppy for opium sales. It
was a country that was forced into selling opium because it had nothing
So, we need a different kind of troop deployment in Afghanistan, we need a massive deployment of humanitarian troops.
Katrina digs deeper into the issues surrounding women and girls in
Afghanistan, and debunks the myth that sending in more military troops
is going to actually alleviate their plight. This is an important
point, because as any feminist or peace activist knows, the tragic
status of women has oft been used as an excuse for invasion. This
thinly veiled reason has a pattern of being dropped lower on the
priority list once the invasion turns occupation.
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