Tuesday, May 02, 2017
One Step Forward; Two, Maybe Three Back.
This Harjit Sajjin business brought to mind something that appeared in Harper's about recent Afghan peace talks. On hand were representatives of the Afghan government, the Talibs, Pakistan, China and the United States.
It was already ten in the evening when the discussion began, though in a sense the participants had been waiting fourteen years, as no one could agree on who was fighting whom. The Afghan government viewed the enduring conflict with its borders as an undeclared war between Afghanistan and Pakistan; Pakistan saw it through the prism of a threat from India; the Taliban were resisting American intervention; America was battling al Qaeda.
What could possibly go wrong?