(Chris Riddle, Observer Comment, Sunday 15 November 2009.)
Karzai is disgusting but there’s no peace to be had by leaving – not for her, not for their children, not for us. They don’t want us to go.
As Neil D says on Harry’s Place, “Abandon Afghans? Not in my name”.
And I’m checking for what Kellie has to say.
Update: here’s what he says:
“There is an old chestnut that never goes away about there being no military solution in a conflict like this, only a political one. And it’s half true.
The problem is with the other half, the half made up of an enemy which believes very much in a military solution, or a terror solution. Before anyone can negotiate with them, this enemy has to actually recognise that there is no military solution available to them, and to reach that point they will have to be fought. Fighting them isn’t the solution in itself, but it’s a necessary part of creating the conditions for a political solution, or as may be more likely, the multiple political solutions necessary in a conflict this complex.”
Read on – you will also find in that post some links to video recorded discussions about the way forward, from knowledgeable, experienced people.