What to believe?
The latest report of action from Afghanistan has one point of agreement: a clash occurred. The numbers of insurgents killed are at issue NATO claims dozens dead in battle ranging from 50 to 150 on the NATO side with a Taliban spokesman calling the claim "a complete lie."
This report is indicative of there being two views of reality in Afghanistan.
Both the THE N.A.T.O. REALITY and an ALTERNATE REALITY follow:
__________________________Afghan Security Forces Becoming Competent, Capable, General Says
THE N.ATO VIEW OF REALITY
British troops winning conflict with the Taliban, commander says
Afghan National Army fearless but still needs mentoring by Canadian troops
Latest campaign a success, Canadian commander says Brig.-Gen. credits Intelligence From Village Elders http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=eef88660-18ed-4cbb-8025-f4101c5b9f2c
Latest offensive in southern Afghanistan disrupting Taliban: Canadian general
Pakistan to get 'blunt talk'
MacKay to meet with Musharraf in bid to stem cross-border flow of Taliban
Fighting corruption in Afghanistan
MacKay pledges $10M to boost police salaries
Pakistan and Afghanistan must unite
UN official: Former Canadian envoy says 'war of words' must end
MacKay talks tough on Pakistan
Safe haven for Taliban exposes 'weak underbelly' of security in Afghanistan
___________________Taliban walk right in, sit right down ...
AN ALTERNATE VIEW
How the Taliban keep their coffers full
The Taliban's fire spreads
Relief worker makes waves
Former Sask. resident living in Afghanistan has military brass mad
Afghanistan 'sliding into chaos'
Analyst says NATO mission doomed
Strange code of ethics
Elaborate sense of honour has kept Pushtun tribes almost unconquerable in Pakistan, Afghanistan
Pakistan's "truce with the Taliban is an abject surrender, and al-Qaeda has an untouchable base of operations in Western Pakistan which will only expand if not checked
Pakistan's uncertain year ahead
'The key issue is what political alliances Gen Musharraf will broker'
Pakistan is moving into a new year that will be critical for the country's future political direction.
Musharraf, the army and 2007
Will Pakistan's fence plan work?
Few people expect Pakistan's proposal to control militant infiltration into Afghanistan by fencing and mining their joint border to be a workable solution.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
F.Y.I.: Alternate realities of Afghanistan
Joe Hueglin wrote: