Monday, November 2, 2009

Quote of the Day

A Toronto Sun article notes the median age of the Afghan population is 17.6 whereas the median age of the U.S. population is 36.7. The article quotes Michael Yon, noted battlefield reporter and blogger, on the nature of Afghanistan:
It's crucial to hold in constant memory that Afghanistan is the societal equivalent of an illiterate teenager. The child-nation will fail unless we are willing to adopt the people.
To that description I'd add the "teenager" is the product of a culture whose idea of the perfect state is a caliphate, a kind of theocratic autocracy.

Given all this, becoming the "foster parent" of Afghanistan is not a promising prospect. The basic question becomes: Is the alternative even worse?