As Afghans prepped to vote in their in their election - courtesy of Great Satan, Great Britain and Australia -- and to be fair -- semi thanks to several noncombatty combat cats from NATO too -- much will be made of the number of voters, cries about a fake election and whispers that Taleban is invincible.
Fact is -- boring, inappropriate handwringing -- especially from alledged super smart cats -- leaves out the most import observation of all:
Taliban realizes Great Satan will win it and that Taleban is losing it.
Creating a Taliban code of conduct is significant.
"Taliban published a book outlining a code of conduct for its members. The book – which contains 13 chapters and 67 articles – contains a list of do’s and don’ts, and imposes strict conditions when it comes to the killing of civilians."
In a hood where the lit rate is pretty weak the fact that the Taliban felt it necessary to publish such a book at all indicated that they fear Great Satan's marginalizing influence and ultimate victory.
Just as Surge proved racing to the next life is dumb in Iraq, Taliban fears the AFPAK Surge may make prepping for this life de riguer in the vast trackless wastes of rural Talibanistan
Taleban is scrambling to win some hearts and minds of their own (and maybe get to chop off a few purple girl fingers along the way to defeat).
Sine 44 has promised to send in 20K more troops and hundreds more civilian workers, provide significantly more development and reconstruction assistance to the Afghans, and to increase the size of the Afghan army and police forces.
This infusion of resources sends the message that Great Satan is committed for the long haul. It is these changes, not just the defeat of the Taliban, that will win.
“This is not a war of choice. This is a war of necessity.”
Art - "Bloody Hand!" by Groovy Decay