Max Hastings, The Guardian | October 13, 2008
The Taliban are losing battles in Afghanistan but are winning the war. ++ The situation looks grimmer now than ever before. ++ The war looks it can’t be won, but we must keep trying. ++ NATO can’t win alone, but it should help the Afghan army defend its government - if it’s willing. ++ A civil war could possibly be a key step before being able to reach any kind of agreement between factions. ++ Aiming for conventional democracy in Afghanistan is pointless; our only hope now is for controlled warlordism.