Nato leaves the game to the Taliban

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The Taliban continue their attacks on foreign aid workers in Afghanistan

Yet, after months and months of haggling, European governments were only barely able to commit at Istanbul to staffing three new provincial centers, each with a couple of hundred troops. The cup-rattling forced on Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer was humiliating: With 26 nations and 5 million men in arms to draw on, Scheffer struggled to obtain just three helicopters for the Afghan operation.

A desperate appeal for more help by Afghan President Hamid Karzai to the Istanbul summit essentially went unanswered. [Washington Post]

Many of those killed are civilians from NATO countries – its quite a shame that their individual sympathy for Afghan people is causing them to lose their lives, while the collective apathy of NATO is indirectly responsible for their deaths. If NATO cannot put its might behind its name, why did it have to get into Afghanistan in the first place?