The war in Afghanistan proceeds as American and NATO forces invade an area, drive out the Taliban, who, in turn take off their uniforms and retreat into the safety of being an ordinary person in Kandahar. However, scattered around the country are numerous private companies who provide expertise in transporting goods, serving as security guards, and whatever else they can get their hands on. At the other end of the spectrum are thousands of men and women from the West who work in NGOs where they quite often serve as supervisors of projects they initiated and the pay is damn good even though working conditions leave much to be desired. In effect, the US and NATO have created a vast industry centered around “doing good” in Afghanistan. For the ordinary Afghan, they will never receive a lucrative contract to be part of building a bridge or constructing a new office building or repairing a road. Oh, they might be the one who is digging ditches and shoveling shit.
Caught in the middle of this mess are decent honest individuals who risk their lives delivering health care or working to develop schools in which both boys and girls can receive an education. Red Cross personnel attempt to remain neutral in the struggle which only infuriates both the Afghan government and members of the military forces. One solution is to designate Afghanistan as a priority zone in which any, and all, NGOs can shop their wares.