To the Editor:
Re “End the War in Afghanistan” (editorial, Feb. 4):
An immediate United States and NATO pullout from Afghanistan will not end the war there. Rather, such a misguided policy will accelerate and expand the war by emboldening the Taliban to attack Afghan civilians, particularly ethnic minorities and women.
That will likely set off a civil conflict more ferocious than the one that killed and wounded hundreds of thousands of Afghans in the mid-1990s and created the environment for the rise of Al Qaeda.
Nor will our withdrawal from Afghanistan make the United States safer. It will inevitably allow another extremist-terrorist phenomenon to emerge that flourishes under Taliban rule and gains support from its like-minded allies around the globe.
The policy you recommend will result in the deaths and abuse of hundreds of thousands of women, among them a new generation of educated women who have taken on positions of leadership in business and government.
And it will destroy the hard-won gains Afghanistan has made in its journey of self-reliance since 2001, including the emergence of free media and free speech and the rebuilding of education and health systems that are saving and improving millions of lives.
Frederick W. KaganEleanor SmealDavid Sedney
Mr. Kagan is a resident scholar and director of the Critical Threats Project at the American Enterprise Institute. Ms. Smeal is president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, which has conducted the Campaign for Afghan Women and Girls since 1997. Mr. Sedney is a former deputy assistant secretary of defense responsible for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia.
To the Editor:
Your editorial is punctuated with defeatism against the overwhelming optimism of the Afghan people for a future of peace with liberty and dignity, which is achievable with continued international support.
Last November in Geneva, President Ashraf Ghani reaffirmed his commitment to immediate, direct talks with the Taliban for negotiating a sustainable, win-win political settlement.
The critical outcome of such a settlement would be an honorable withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan against a self-inflicted “honorable capitulation,” which entails far-reaching repercussions for the United States’ national security and international peace. Sept. 11, 2001, is a timeless reminder!
M. Ashraf HaidariColombo, Sri LankaThe writer is Afghanistan’s ambassador to Sri Lanka and a senior international security fellow at New America in Washington.
To the Editor:
You correctly argue that after 17 years, it’s time to withdraw American troops and resources from Afghanistan.
Sept. 11, 2001, is my first real memory. I watched the attacks while home from kindergarten. Now 22, I remember the fear, then the confident adults promising revenge, then the flag-draped coffins. Many of my peers have since fought and died in our country’s longest war. For the rest of us, the war has been the background noise of our youth. For our Afghan contemporaries, the war has been their life.
What happens when a generation grows up in conflict? The editorial says “the number of Islamist-inspired terrorist groups has grown worldwide since 2001, often in response to American military intervention.” I think about all of the young people who see America as the foreign aggressor in “an open-ended war,” in the words of Representative Barbara Lee, a California Democrat. How could that not backfire? Indeed, most terrorists are in their early 20s.
We cannot save the thousands killed in Afghanistan, but with most Americans supporting withdrawal, we can cut our losses now to save thousands more.
Nathaniel Brooks HorwitzCambridge, Mass.B:
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【钱】【多】【了】【不】【起】【嘛】？ 【有】【的】【时】【候】【事】【实】【告】【诉】【我】【们】【钱】【多】【真】【的】【了】【不】【起】。 【至】【少】【收】【购】【文】【创】【娱】【乐】【的】【计】【划】【就】【因】【为】【钱】【没】【有】【岁】【夕】【多】【而】【导】【致】【胎】【死】【腹】【中】。 “【其】【实】【我】【们】【也】【没】【必】【要】【收】【购】，【哥】【你】【可】【以】【直】【接】【提】【醒】【岁】【夕】，【让】【她】【不】【要】【投】【资】【马】【道】【学】【的】【电】【影】【就】【好】【了】。” 【结】【账】【的】【时】【候】，【凉】【凉】【一】【边】【放】【东】【西】，【一】【边】【建】【议】【道】。 “【我】【就】【怕】【岁】【夕】【又】【领】【悟】【错】【了】【意】【思】，
”【那】【老】【夫】【立】【即】【就】【去】？“【汤】【显】【成】【分】【明】【已】【将】**【当】【成】【了】【老】【大】。 **【点】【头】【道】：”【当】【然】【了】，【不】【过】【你】【们】【几】【位】【也】【别】【闲】【着】，【帮】【我】【在】【大】【明】【城】【一】【带】【找】【两】【个】【人】。“ 【这】【一】【说】，【冷】【光】【三】【个】【自】【是】【连】【声】【答】【应】，【于】【是】【倾】【巢】【而】【出】，【洞】【穴】【中】【竟】【只】【剩】【下】【了】【夫】【妻】【两】【个】。 【王】【馨】【又】【想】【笑】、【又】【想】【忍】，【死】【死】【的】【咬】【住】【樱】【唇】【不】【说】【话】，【竟】【是】【连】【头】【也】【不】【敢】【多】
“【谁】【是】【你】【岳】【父】【大】【人】（【爷】【爷】）”【夜】【世】【和】【夜】【老】【王】【爷】【抬】【起】【头】，【份】【外】【不】【爽】，【满】【面】【傲】【娇】。 【想】【当】【初】，【他】【们】【就】【是】【被】【这】【小】【子】【这】【模】【样】【给】【欺】【骗】【了】【啊】！ 【一】【想】【到】，【自】【家】【的】【宝】【贝】【女】【儿】（【孙】【女】）【就】【要】【被】【这】【腹】【黑】【的】【狐】【狸】【给】【骗】【走】【了】，【夜】【老】【王】【爷】【和】【夜】【世】【分】【分】【钟】【化】【身】【柠】【檬】【精】，【那】【叫】【一】【个】【酸】【哟】！ 【然】【而】，【不】【等】【他】【们】【话】【音】【落】，【砰】！【的】【一】【声】，【夜】【世】【的】【脑】【袋】【已】【然】