Gudrun Harrer, Der Standard (in German) | October 8, 2010
Rarely has a stated war aim, in this case, the “cleansing” of Afghanistan and Pakistan of Taliban and Al-Qaeda influence, been missed so dramatically. ++ Combined NATO and CIA actions since 2001, in Pakistan in particular, have only served to perpetuate terrorism in the region. ++ For every dead terrorist, there is one willing to take their place. ++ Pakistan now risks becoming a “failed state” and reversing the democratic progress made since the end of military dictatorship. ++ Both of these outcomes would be disastrous for the “War on Terror”.