According to a poll conducted by Environics Research on behalf of The Globe and Mail, the CBC and La Presse, over 60 percent of Afghans believe they are better off than they were five years ago and they want NATO troops to stay.
Commenting on the poll, AllahPundit at Hotair.com said, “Shocking, and not just because the mainstream media has taken a dim view of the war in Afghanistan over the past year or so. Some people on the right have too, Michael Yon foremost among them. Add to that the sporadic incidents involving high civilian casualties and you might reasonably assume that Afghan public opinion is souring on the war.”
Perhaps no other recent event better demonstrates the Afghan struggle for a better life than the following story.
Recently In Pattan Village, a mother’s joy at seeing her son return home from study in Pakistan was turned to sorrow.
Upon returning home, her son handed the family the equivalent of USD 3,600 in Pakistani currency. He told them that he was to conduct a suicide attack. His mother attempted to reason with him and a struggle ensued.
During the struggle, the bomb detonated killing the son and his mother, his two sisters and his eleven year old brother.
Afghans don’t want to be abandoned. They are willing to struggle for a better life. They are willing to struggle against powers with a vested interest in their failure. Has their fight not become our fight? Should not we too, be willing to struggle alongside them?