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  1. #1 Economic Strategy in Afghanistan 
    Time Lord
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    I think we'd get really far with slightly softer touch. You'll never persuade the desperate people with nothing to live for not to take up arms and charge to their deaths, but I think those aren't the only people who live in Afghanistan. I think there are lots of people who have a lot to live for, in terms of careers or opportunities and such.

    If we targeted those people's livelihoods, I think they might respond to it, and start trying to persuade their desperate peers to put an end to the conflict, just to save their own livelihoods.

    I think fundamentalists mostly fall into two groups:

    1) - People with so much money that they don't care about money, only ideals.
    2) - People with so little money that they don't care about money, or living.

    In between those two groups, there's this middle class that does care about money, or at least goods and services. (Tribal folk may not actually use currency much.) And, I think if you can win the middle class, then you win everybody. Their prosperity is what everyone is fighting for anyway.


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    I think you are wrong. They are not some illiterate tribesmen manipulated by psychopathic sheikhs if that is what you think.
    http://www.nuff.ox.ac.uk/users/gambe...of%20Jihad.pdf


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    Come to think of it, what I said is probably not too far off what's already being attempted. Except when we pay bribes out to local militants to allow shipments of supplies through, and stuff like that. (Things that make a perpetuation of the war profitable to the middle class.)


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    I think you are wrong. They are not some illiterate tribesmen manipulated by psychopathic sheikhs if that is what you think.
    http://www.nuff.ox.ac.uk/users/gambe...of%20Jihad.pdf
    Yeah, that's because of the existence of the two, distinct groups that I pointed out as being a good fit for radical Islam.

    1) - People with so little money that they don't care about money

    - These would be the illiterate tribesmen being manipulated by psychopathic sheikhs.

    2) - People with so much money that they don't care about money.

    - These would be your spoiled college students with trust funds. (Such as Osama Bin Laden, for example.)
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    When an Afghan official starts soliciting bribes, we should try and encourage him to use his influence to set up a company of some kind that he can later sell to an American corporation as a local subsidiary, and make lots and lots of money for himself and his family, way more than he'd make from bribes, but he'll need a good relationship with the US military to pull it off. (They guy's obviously greedy enough to make a good businessman.)


    You see where I'm going with this? There wouldn't be bribe solicitations in the first place if the country didn't have a materialistic middle class.
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