What if the only reason the Taliban is fielding lots of fighters is because the Taliban is the only “business” hiring in Afghanistan?
What if, instead, taking a lesson from the WPA and the CCC, and the reality that men will accept pay to do anything rather than see their families starv – we paid them to rebuild their country instead?
My research indicates that the Taliban is only paying $8.00 a day – men might even accept $7.00 a day not to get shot at, but to haul rock, and build.
I happen to think the WPA and the CCC saved democracy and many families in this country, and similar programs, done with some ethnic and local adaptations, could end the war in Afghanistan and save many many lives there.
Alexander Hamilton famously said that where a man’s wallet goes, his heart goes also. It is worth considering.