The sovereign can no longer say, "You shall think as I do on pain of death;" but he says, "You are free to think differently from me, and to retain your life, your property, and all that you possess; but if such be your determination, you are henceforth an alien among your people."

(Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835)

Monday, 12 July 2010

Facts about Afghanistan

  1. We are in Afghanistan to defeat Al Qaeda (see Obama's speech at West Point, Dec. 2009)
  2. There are between 50 and 100 Al Qaeda members in Afghanistan (interview with CIA Director Leon Panetta, July 2010)
  3. 102 NATO troops have been killed in June 2010 alone
  4. That's roughly one dead NATO soldier for each Al Qaeda member in Afghanistan
  5. In 2010, operations in Afghanistan will cost the US taxpayer alone more than 100 billion US$
  6. That's roughly one billion Dollar per Al Qaeda member in Afghanistan per year
  7. At least 4.2 billion US$ in cash left Kabul airport in the past three-and-a-half years (AFP)
  8. That means that more money is legally flown out of Afghanistan each year than that the country collects in taxes
Is there not a more efficient way to keep Al Qaeda on the run?

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