Excepts from the Daily Evolver Dialogs
… a weekly conversation on an integral view of current events, with Jeff Salzman and David Riordan, published by Integral Life.
This week’s Daily Evolver focuses on what is currently emerging in Afghanistan following the death of Osama Bin Laden. The United States is considering a variety of options for its withdrawal of military forces from the county beginning this year—but you can’t have a conversation about what may emerge in Afghanistan without also turning an eye to its neighbor, Pakistan. The fallout from the Osama operation taking place within Pakistani sovereignty without their permission is still reverberating.
In this conversation, David and I look at the current mission of the United States led coalition as it attempts to do two things. Reduce the effectiveness of the Taliban fighting force and provide stability for nation building that includes all Afghanistan cultural perspectives from tribal to modern. What can we expect to emerge in Afghanistan from an Integral perspective that would lessen the suffering of the Afghanistan people? What would end the civil war between the nationalist, war lord and Taliban factions?
And then there is Pakistan, a democratic, modern country with large tribal populations. Is there any validity to the fear that Islamic fundamentalists with support from certain factions within the Pakistani military and intelligence circles could take control of the government and gain access to Pakistan’s nuclear weapons? And what about Pakistan’s complaints that their sovereignty being violated by the United States military operations against the Taliban within their borders? How is the security of the global community best served while acknowledging Pakistan’s national rights? What emerges in this area of the world over the next years will tell us a lot about what evolutionary moves are necessary to bring tribal nations into the modern global community.
Finally, we explore how this might all this play out in light of the upcoming US elections, as factions of both the Democratic and Republican parties are questioning not only our role in this effort, but the costs of maintaining expensive security and nation building projects around the world.
How do you think it is going? What would you do, if you were setting policy?
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