All Politics Is Local, Even In Afghanistan
Just as is the case in Iraq, so too in Afghanistan. All politics is local. From the open to The Afghan Grassroots, Ann Marlowe tells the story so often lost amid battle reporting, domestic political posturing and attention turned elsewhere.
"This is an Afghan process," Lt. Col. Gordon Phil lips began, "and I am here to make sure it goes smoothly. But the decisions are not mine. They are yours." A dozen members of this province's Provincial Council or Shura listened carefully as the interpreter translated into their native Pashto.
Phillips, the commander of the Nangarhar Provincial Reconstruction Team, or PRT, continued: "Don't think about money. Think about what you will need five years from now, about your children, and your grandchildren. I have other money, emergency money, which I can and will use if appropriate. Think about what Nangarhar needs."
For the first time in Afghan history, Afghans are about to set spending priorities for their localities, rather than accepting the crumbs that a king, warlord, or Kabul-appointed governor condescends to allow them.
I hope readers will take a few minutes to read and consider the whole thing. It's certainly worth your Monday time.