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Posted by: Posted by Manfred Ostrowski - Aug 19, 2009 - 1:16 AM PDT
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Manfred Ostrowski
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by Manfred Ostrowski - Aug. 19, 2009

I trust the article conveys a realistic picture of mood and thinking among Afghans. One would have wished for some information about the views and attitude of Taliban supporters, as well as for a rough sketch of differences in attitude between Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazara, and speakers of Dari in Kabul.

What I miss in this report most is some reference to the problem of outright fraud: How can we be sure the correct results will be given?

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Christine Giannini
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by Christine Giannini - Aug. 20, 2009

Story is anecdotal, but the interviews likely reflect widely held views among Afghans.

It is understandable that Afghans are in survival mode after all they've been through. Also that they seem willing to trade temporary peace for long-term conflict and oppression if they don't deal with the Taliban now.

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