Taliban’s reason for resistance

By From page A14 | September 22, 2013

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


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