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Wiener Zeitung - Austria | 03/02/2012

West has failed in Afghanistan

The Western troops have failed to establish democracy and human rights in Afghanistan, the liberal state-run Wiener Zeitung writes, commenting on the early withdrawal of US troops: "Ignorance and tolerance of the corruption spearheaded by President Hamid Karzai have allowed the Taliban to return to power. The latter is against equal rights and education for girls and women, and enjoys widespread support among the male population. Politics can be this simple, even if some of the politicians at the State Department and the Western reformers refuse to accept this. Democracy and human rights will fail in a society that has survived without these attributes for 3000 years. Re-educating the population requires parallel values, not a view of the world that sees in every non-Muslim an 'enemy of the true God'."

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