June 29th, 2004

afghanistan update

Now that we've symbolically handed over power in Iraq, let's look at the place where we really should have been paying more attention: Afghanistan.

Tony Blair may have pledged that Afghanistan would not be abandoned, but after the Taliban was ousted, Washington and London's focus shifted east to Iraq. Meanwhile, the toll of dead and maimed is rising. The infrastructure is non-existent, opium production is rocketing, warlords control large swathes of the country, and the Taliban are back. Afghanistan is unravelling piece by piece.