Winning Hearts and Minds Hits a Snag

by Bing West

The beheadings Friday illustrated the explosive power of Islam amongst the Afghan tribes, the resentment of the mullahs toward Westerners, and the unreliability of Karzai — who inflamed the populace by publicly upbraiding a Florida hater who had received scant coverage until Karzai spoke out. The mob reaction showed how fragile our nation-building, “win hearts and minds” strategy is.

Bing West is author of The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy and the Way Out of Afghanistan.

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