Tuesday, January 19, 2010
This is an old trick of warfare, but it works time and again. Strike into the heart of enemy territory to establish a perception of weakness in enemy forces and to terrorize the population. Even though authorities claimed success, the Taliban have won the image war through attacking Kabul in a coordinated fashion. The target here is not so much those in power but the people in order to raise their distrust of government's ability to protect them. The terrorists also were looking for headlines. The sooner they communicate to the world that they can strike where they want and when they want, the more likely they are to win the ultimate war and get foreign powers to leave. The only response to such tactics is stiffer resolve. That appears to be the approach the Afghan government and foreign officials are taking.