The “Our View” on polio in Pakistan (Sept. 12) informs readers of a tragic public health situation, but the source of this tragedy went unacknowledged. Certainly, the Taliban is compromising the civilian population in myriad ways — lack of modern health care among them.
But let’s expand our scope when considering cause and effect. The Taliban exists as a response to Western imperialism’s domineering and destabilizing presence in central Asia for more than 150 years (first Britain, then Russia/U.S.S.R., now also the United States). Might their antagonism to Western aid have something to do with this?
Andrea del Moral