NATO too con­cerned over Afghanistan’s in­sta­bil­ity

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Nse­cu­rity ATO Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Jens Stoltenberg has said that Afghanistan’s

is still a challenge for NATO be­cause fight­ing and vi­o­lence re­mains in that coun­try. Speak­ing at Univer­sity of War­saw, he said it is bet­ter Afghan them­selves should be able to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for se­cu­rity of their own coun­try in­stead of we fight­ing and de­ploy­ing com­bat troops there.

Ear­lier too, sim­i­lar ap­pre­hen­sions were ex­pressed by dif­fer­ent lead­ers and pow­ers about dreaded in­sta­bil­ity in Afghanistan. Only a few weeks back, US Pres­i­dent Obama pre­dicted that the en­tire re­gion would con­tinue to face in­sta­bil­ity for decades to come and he also pre­ferred to in­clude Pak­istan in the list of the coun­tries that may re­main in­sta­ble. Views ex­pressed by the NATO Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral are also im­por­tant and rel­e­vant as he rep­re­sents the over­all think­ing of the en­tire Europe. We be­lieve that the im­por­tant play­ers in Afghanistan are in a state of self-de­nial and un­will­ing to read the writ­ing on the wall. They ad­mit that Afghanistan would con­tinue to face tur­bu­lence but mis­er­ably fail to con­trib­ute sin­cerely to ef­forts to re­store peace in that coun­try. The United States and its coali­tion part­ners have been us­ing force in Afghanistan for over a decade in their bid to im­pose their will on Afghans but they have not suc­ceeded in their de­signs. This is time to re­al­ize that the real cause of the con­flict in Afghanistan is for­eign in­ter­ven­tion since 1970s aimed at deny­ing Afghans an op­por­tu­nity to de­cide their own fu­ture. Un­for­tu­nately, there is more fo­cus on use of force to crush the will of the Afghan peo­ple than to fa­cil­i­tate them in the much-needed task of na­tional rec­on­cil­i­a­tion. We hope that NATO Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral and the coun­tries he rep­re­sents would demon­strate wis­dom and vi­sion by op­pos­ing the pol­icy of use of force in Afghanistan and in­stead would back the process of di­a­logue.

THE CCP (Chi­nese Commu nist Party) lead­er­ship still fol lows Mao Ze­dong’s pre­scrip­tion of cease­lessly look­ing for facts to un­der­stand a prob­lem. It gets in­for­ma­tion from a mul­ti­tude of sources, do­mes­tic and for­eign, and win­nows this into hy­pothe­ses, which then get ex­am­ined and tested. There is a high pre­mium on suc­cess and some­times se­vere penal­ties for fail­ure, un­like in coun­tries where those who fail re­peat­edly in their tasks con­tinue to as­cend, pro­vided they have the pa­tron­age of those much more pow­er­ful than them­selves. Since the last three years, China has been func­tion­ing un­der the lead­er­ship of Xi Jin­ping, who was cho­sen to head both the state, govern­ment and the Com­mu­nist Party for a ten year pe­riod.

Even a few days in China shows how much the coun­try has changed dur­ing this time. Gone is the os­ten­ta­tion and lux­u­ri­ous mores of the past. These have been re­placed by a much more func­tional ap­proach that places em­pha­sis on sim­plic­ity, even if this means that the nu­mer­ous makers of global lux­ury brands are find­ing their once ex­pand­ing mar­kets shrink­ing. Across the coun­try, of­fi­cials have been made aware that any signs of cor­rup­tion may re­sult in dis­missal and even im­pris­on­ment, and sev­eral tens of thou­sands have un­der­gone this fate dur­ing past year it­self China is no longer a fringe player in global geopol­i­tics but is the other su­per­power, shar­ing space with the US. This new

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