The U.S. and it's NATO allies
have found that they are facing many of the same problems that
foiled earlier British and Soviet forces in this region:
• A strongly nationalistic populace that resents former
domination and is willing to fight for protracted periods to
defend its sovereignty.
• An amorphous resistance network that is difficult to attack
and dismember. Resistance units are capable of operating
without continuous supply and communication lines.
• Low-intensity combat in which the opposition uses
asymmetrical warfare techniques to counter the superior
technology and firepower of the U.S. and its allies.
• An extremely difficult environment and geography in which
the operation of modern combat forces is difficult and
• Difficulties in recruiting and training reliable local
allies to fight against the insurgents.
• The enemy’s demonstrated superior ability at winning over
the support of locals, in this case, largely through the
influence of madrassas.
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There is nothing to indicate that NATO forces have a plan or
strategy that can address any of these problems. Therefore,
NATO’s best option is to withdraw from Afghanistan. The “war
on terror” also cannot be won in Afghanistan as the al-Qaeda
network and its leadership is mobile, cross-border and lacks