Coalition Forces on the Wrong Track in Afghanistan
Anand Gopal : Afghanistan does not need more guns, it needs reconstruction and reconciliation.
Speaking in Washington DC this week US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates spoke about the need for NATO members to contribute more troops in Afghanistan. His remarks came amid fears that an upsurge in violence and corruption in Afghanistan is threatening the viability of an already weak central government. Inter Press Services journalist Anand Gopal based in Kabul, believes that what is needed are not more boots on the ground, but a change in policy. A shift towards reconciliation and reconstruction.
Anand Gopal is a journalist for Inter Press Services (IPS). He covers the â€œGlobal War on Terrorâ€ across its many fronts, from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia to the domestic arena. He is a correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and writes for many other outlets as well.