Sunday, July 29, 2007

Is Europe Weak and Flabby?
Europe as a whole seems to have lost its nerve. Last week in Kabul, I heard the bizarre ineffectiveness of much of the 41,000-strong NATO-ISAF forces because many of the national contingents don't believe in confronting the Taliban. The US and the British, to be fair, are not among shirkers but Afghans see the Dutch, Spanish, German and Canadian forces as having been already defeated in the mind. The US is not loved but it is feared; the Europeans (Britain apart) are viewed with contempt in Afghanistan.

The interesting thing is how being "nice" is viewed. Soft, weak, "with contempt."

That's an interesting observation. It would not surprise me if true. Do you have references backing up the "soft" theory?
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