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Submitted by MWhitton (United States), Apr 8, 2003 at 17:10

the enemy! History is indeed the story of the unexpected. I have been reading that now the Taliban is renewing its strength and showing up back in Afghanistan in new numbers because the local people think that 23 years of damage should be rectified overnight.

Now the Red Cross has ceased its operations in Afghanistan due to one of their own just recently being executed by the Taliban. Leaders of the Northern Faction are becoming worried because many of the young men are beginning to drift away due to the perspective of not enough being done fast enough.

This result, even though $13 million has already been spent in private funds on the construction and restructuring of 23 years of turmoil and destruction.

So let's not take the demise of the Taliban to be permanent until Usama Bin Laden is either captured or killed along more of his top people. As in Iraq, unless the two psychopathic sons of Saddam are either captured and tried or killed, the killing and destruction will not stop.

We need to go into this with the perspective that we are not viewed as 'heroes', and as soon as the dust settles another viper will indeed raise its ugly head.

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