Many in the United States are torn about how to handle instability and everyday cruelties in Afghanistan. Should Nato forces exit and allow Afghans to handle Afghanistan, or should they stay and fight?
"A video apparently showing the Taliban executing an Afghan woman accused
of adultery has sparked international outrage," reports Sharon Behn for Voice of America. "The killing highlights
ongoing fears of what will happen to women’s rights in Afghanistan once
international forces leave." In the same article, Afghan women's rights activist Wazma Frogh is quoted, questioning why police or security forces were not available after the United States, other nations and so many donors have invested millions in Afghan security.
About 20 percent of the Taliban are hardliners, according to British intelligence officials estimates, reports Reuters. In early February, the Pentagon estimated that the Afghan Taliban had about 25,000 fighters, as reported by Spencer Ackerman for Wired.
It's a tough call for the women of Afghanistan. More fighting and war, or allowing for some Taliban control of the nation?
The US envisions a new silk road for Asia, featuring a stable Afghanistan, supported by neighboring states. Literacy, stability, women's rights, economic projects are essential, and such developments won't happen overnight. Afghanis must decide if this is a plan they can embrace. If so, they must speak up and stand up to extremists - and can't wait for security forces to intercede.