Mr. Rashid's theory reflects a more abysmal picture for the future of Afghanistan. Does it mean that all educated Afghans will now have to reach out to the triumphant Taliban (in their office in Qatar) to attain an approval certificate of for their work?
I have no illusions about our ability to influence policymakers or help end the war in Afghanistan or the violence in Pakistan. But I'm concerned with doing whatever we can and we can achieve a lot more by taking initiative to talk and work together than by worrying and complaining.
The uncompleted challenge of Richard Holbrooke's diplomatic career was a peace deal in Afghanistan. While being prepared for the surgery during which he died, he told his family members, "You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan."