‘The War in Afghanistan Made the Country Better’

Lauryn Oates, writing in The Huffington Post, asserts that the war in Afghanistan made the country better.

Media coverage of Afghanistan over the past decade is notoriously prone to selective coverage of the negative — the latest bomb blast or kidnapping — while doing a dismal job of telling the story of the transformative progress that has occurred, and what exactly is at stake should security deteriorate this year upon the withdrawal of foreign troops.

Then there are the armchair pundits, who further help colour public opinion in the NATO countries towards unjustified pessimism. Last Saturday The Globe & Mail ran an opinion article by Doug Saunders called “Was our Afghan saga useless — or worse?” in which he suggests that Afghanistan may be worse off now than it was before international intervention (while simultaneously contradicting himself by noting that there are gains, though they may not last).

I’ve worked in aid and development in Afghanistan for more than a decade, and I am flummoxed by Saunders’ article, and more so, by his clumsy misreading of the sources he cites.

See full article HERE.

Lauryn Oates

Human Rights Activist and Development Worker