Mullah Omar, leader of the Taliban, warned western powers any increase in their forces within Afghanistan would only result in more and more casualties. “Your current casualties of hundreds will jack up to thousand casualties of dead and injured” warned the fugitive leader. Ironically, Omar warns there will be more death and destruction as George Bush is talking about sending additional American forces into Afghanistan. There are currently about 62,000 troops in Afghanistan and talk of an additional 20,000 soon to arrive. Omar is calling upon Afghans to abandon the Karzai government while Karzai is asking Afghans to abandon the Taliban and join his side.
Both the Taliban and America discuss the situation in terms of troops and fighting, but neither side has any program of economic assistance to the people of this devastated land. Seven years after the Taliban were driven out, America is discussing the need to build an effective Afghan army. Why wasn’t this idea accomplished seven years ago when it was then possible to destroy the Taliban which was weak and disorganized? Is this another topic, George Bush doesn’t wish to rethink?