Tuesday, October 14, 2003


The UN Security Council has voted unanimously to expand peacekeeping operations beyond Kabul. One of the biggest problems for Afghanistan is that the provisional government has no authority beyond Kabul, and is unable to provide basic services outside the capital, leaving the bulk of the population dependent on warlords. This is a small step towards changing all that.

It's also interesting to note the difference international legitimacy makes. The UN is producing unanimous votes on Afghanistan because the invasion was seen as legitimate; but on Iraq the Americans are still struggling...