If we do get Afghanistan, what shall we do with it?

From: Alex F. Bokov (alexboko@umich.edu)
Date: Mon Nov 19 2001 - 07:15:22 MST


I know there is a previous thread on this, but I can't find it, so if
nobody minds, I'd like to revisit the question.

What degree of cultural engineering is necessary or desirable in

Should we be satisfied merely with a government that no longer gives
safe harbor to Al Quaida? Or should we strive for more, like respect
for free speech, privacy, elected and accountable government, equal
protection under the law (in particular, equal rights for women)?

If we opt for the latter, are we being cultural imperialists, since
this is blatantly not consistant with their way of life, particularly
the last item? In such cases, is it necessarily wrong to be a cultural

NOTE: Spike & Mike & Co., please hold your fire. I already know what
your take on this is, and it's not without merit, but this question is
mainly addressed to the Doves. I still want to know what's more
important, human rights or the Prime Directive, and maybe this time
I'll get an answer.

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* I believe that the majority of the world's Muslims are good, *
* honorable people. If you are a Muslim and want to reassure me and *
* others that you are part of this good, honorable majority, all *
* you need to say are nine simple words: "I OPPOSE the Wahhabi cult *
* and its Jihad." *

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