Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Oct. 7: Hello, World? Afghanistan Is Your War, Too

By Sylvia Gurinsky

Eight years ago today, Afghanistan was the world's war. It should still be so.

When President George W. Bush announced the start of military action in Afghanistan on Oct. 7, 2001, he had the support of the entire world.

We know the rest; that support declined with Bush's decision to go into Iraq.

Bush isn't in the White House anymore. But the Taliban is still menacing Afghanistan - and possibly greasing the skids for a new emergence of Al Quaida. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama is trying to decide whether to have a military "surge" in Afghanistan.

The rest of the world could make that decision easier by not making the United States, or NATO, go it relatively alone. What happens in Afghanistan affects them, too. The worldwide terrorist attacks that have followed 9/11 are proof.

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