Peter Preston, The Guardian | July 13, 2009
Ridding Afghanistan of al-Qaida is not worth our soldiers' lives, as "the world is full of places where [they] can hide and operate." ++ The true war on terror "is about hearts and minds, not soldiers dead in a ditch... The hearts and the minds that matter here are Pakistani ones." ++ The Taliban was created by Pakistani military schemers to counter India; if these two solve their historical problems and leave the Taliban to its own devices, it will not survive long. ++ Thus strategy should focus less on soldiers in Afghanistan and more on diplomacy in Pakistan.