Tuesday, October 14, 2003


Afghanistan's security situation is getting better and better.

The UN Security Council on Monday unanimously passed a resolution expanding the mandate of international peacekeepers in Afghanistan outside the capital Kabul.

The measure, which passed 15-0 with no abstentions, clears the way for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to work in other areas of the country, a request that has gained urgency amid an upsurge of violence.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato), in command of the 5,300-strong ISAF since August, said earlier this month that it would be willing to expand the force beyond the environs of Kabul.

'This resolution helps pave the way for the increased security in Afghanistan upon which nearly everything else is dependent,' US Ambassador John Negroponte said.

'Afghanistan is a country that deserves the freedoms that international security assistance can help bring,' he said.

Of course, don't tell that to Bob Graham, former Democratic Presidential nominee. Graham voted against the Iraq war because he thought it would "distract" the US from the war on terror. And the same can be said for Sen. Jay Rockefeller. Mr. Rockefeller stated "'Everything distracts us from the war on terrorism. I don't know how many wars one can fight." Even Sen. Russ Feingold got in on the action: "He (Bush) seems so focused on Iraq, and it seems that not enough attention is being paid to the No. 1 threat against Americans, which are terrorist groups."


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