Deborah Storie of Christian aid group TEAR Australia has doubts about the efficacy of guns:
Our desire to honour our soldiers does not oblige us to continue a counter-productive military campaign.
As an Afghan acquaintance confided, "Your governments think they are 'stamping out terrorism' … They keep a score card and think they are winning because they count more dead Talibs than dead Americans. That's not how it works. But, if arithmetic is all your governments understand, tell them to look beyond their tally cards and see the trouble multiplying on the ground. For every Talib you kill, you make 10 more. For every mother you hurt, a thousand Talibs are born. You are breeding terror, not stamping it out."
Our motives and what the war costs us are not the main issues. The human consequences are much more important. Local capacities for peace and non-military alternatives need to be taken seriously.
This will necessarily involve conversation, respectful dialogue — and drinking tea...
Deborah Storie, the deputy chair of TEAR Australia, lived and worked in Afghanistan from 1992 to 1998 and still visits and works in the country regularly. (link)