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Commentary – if you want peace in Afghanistan, make war

I posted on the prospects for peace negotiations in Afghanistan over at the National Journal expert blog:

I do expect that, under pressure from the surge and the growing Afghan security forces, Taliban foot soldiers will desert or die, and local powerbrokers will switch sides or at least move from hostile to neutral so they can preserve their own power. All politics are local, and war is “the continuation of politics with an admixture of other means.” Especially in a tribal context, violence isn’t the opposite of negotiation: Violence is a form of negotiation. If you want peace, make war.

For the full post in context and the discussion, go to this week’s NJ blog page.

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