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‘Peace in our time,’ Afghan style?

By Phil Gurski      

Can we really apply older models to current realities? Maybe it is best to sit the next one out. That would be problematic, probably immoral, and politically unpalatable.

Canada, of course, was among the first to join the U.S. in sending troops to hunt down the actors behind the attacks in New York and Washington. Yes, progress has been made here and there but at what cost, writes Phil Gurski. Photograph courtesy of Department of National Defence

It’s too bad because there is a lot happening in Afghanistan and very little of it is good. Despite an ongoing ‘peace process’ directed by the Trump administration with the Taliban as the primary interlocutors, terrorist attacks occur on a daily basis in that forsaken land. Some are particularly heinous, such as an Islamic State in Khurasan attack on a maternity hospital in Kabul on May 12 in which terrorists killed infants and young mothers. This incident led the international charitable group Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to close its operations in the Afghan capital.

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