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Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Thursday, October 29, 2009

Bolstering democracy in Afghanistan and Pakistan

The daily Dagens Nyheter asks why is it necessary to continue backing the democratic forces in the region, answering: "For the average Afghan and Pakistani the terrorist logic must seem horrendous - regardless of their attitude toward the presence of foreign [troops] in Afghanistan. The Taliban oppose democracy on principle. But the reason they didn't take part in the elections is that they know that they don't have the support of the majority - otherwise they would have tried to undermine it from within the democratic system. The international community should therefore continue its efforts to strengthen democracy in the region and at the same time support the Afghan and Pakistani governments in their efforts to maintain law and order. And until Afghanistan's government has its territory under control military support will also be required. The alternative would be to abandon the field to a hoard of brutal murderers."

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