Courage and Cowardice in Afghanistan

It is easy to waste money; governments of all persuasions all over the world do it, not intentionally, but usually out of vanity, lack of intelligence or lack of understanding. For example Afghanistan has received $36 billion of aid in the past ten years. That money, if wisely spent, should have transformed that backward country into a wealthy secure place. There are, the United Nations believes, 24 million people living in Afghanistan. $36 billion ought to be capable of providing them with a decent infrastructure, education and security. If you factor in the billions spent by NATO on maintaining armed forces in Afghanistan it is hard for me at least to understand why that nation is not today advanced, prosperous and secure. Continue reading