Thursday, December 08, 2005

Afghans Like Their Chances

Four years after the fall of the Taliban, an ABC News poll says that Afghans are optimistic about the future:
77 percent of Afghans say their country is headed in the right direction — compared with 30 percent in the vastly better-off United States. Ninety-one percent prefer the current Afghan government to the Taliban regime, and 87 percent call the U.S.-led overthrow of the Taliban good for their country. Osama bin Laden, for his part, is as unpopular as the Taliban; nine in 10 view him unfavorably.

Progress fuels these views: Despite the country's continued problems, 85 percent of Afghans say living conditions there are better now than they were under the Taliban. Eighty percent cite improved freedom to express political views. And 75 percent say their security from crime and violence has improved as well. After decades of oppression and war, many Afghans see a better life.
This news might be a shocker to the MSM types who were saying four years ago that Afghanistan was a hopeless, Vietnam-like quagmire.

Maybe the Dems should take note of these facts and realize the parallels between the overthrow of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the overthrow of Saddam Husssein in Iraq. There is a lesson to be learned here: stay the course, stay the course. Good results will follow.

(Via Instapundit)