From the blog Taxonomy by Meredith Tax
“Afghan Good Enough”
Why is it so hard for people in the antiwar movement to hold two ideas in their heads at the same time? Can’t we want to end the war in Afghanistan and at the same time practice solidarity with its victims? As the Taliban, prompted by Pakistan’s ISI, becomes ever more aggressive, Afghan women and civil society are asking for help to protect the gains they’ve made, but nobody in either the US government or the left seems to be listening.
Realpolitik has replaced the Bush administration’s rhetoric about bringing democracy to the region. “Afghan good enough” is the magic phrase in Washington. “Look, this is Afghanistan,” one administration official told the New York Times. “Is it going to be Switzerland? No. But is it good enough for Afghanistan? That’s where we need to get to.”
If this entails throwing women overboard, hey, that’s realpolitik.
A shorter version was published in the Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jun/05/nato-realpolitik-afghan-women