2011/12/09 - The message from the Bonn Conference on Afghanistan on December 5 was that the world is standing by the people of Afghanistan, looking for a political and social solution to this country’s problems and not a military one. Part of the solution is to involve women at all levels of the reconstruction and reconciliation process.
Development, not deployment. This was the central message coming from the c. 1,000 delegates from 100 countries at the end of the Bonn Conference on Afghanistan December 5 – a Conference which would not have been necessary had the west not armed, aided and abetted the Mujaheddin terrorists which were unleashed against the most socially progressive governments the country has known in its history, which were in turn supported by the Soviets. Finally however, after decades of terrorism and instability, generations brought up on hatred and criminal activity, there is light at the end of the tunnel and Afghanistan has, in the words, of German Foreign Minister Westerwelle, “clear and long-term prospects”.
These prospects are based upon Kabul’s pledge to do more to provide good governance and to fight against corruption while the international community looks forward to 2014 when combat troops will be removed and when finally a process of development, rather than deployment, starts to be pursued. read more>>>