Thursday, August 9, 2007

On the ground in Afghanistan (Part 9)

Mike Skinner's account of his experiences in Afghanistan (intro here).

June 24 (excerpts):

[At Kabul University, seeking students to interview:] ... we found a broad range of views among the students – a contrast with yesterday in the market where, with one exception, the men we interviewed are vehemently opposed to the Western occupation.

... We found more support for the Western occupation among students today than on our last visit to the university. Some students expressed unqualified support, regardless of the large numbers of civilian casualties...

Several women pointed out that while they have personally benefited since the occupation began, they recognise that their privileged position is not typical and most people in Afghanistan are not benefiting from the occupation... (complete piece here)

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