Recently the WSJ published an OpEd about Afghan governance entitled, “The Surge Afghanistan Needs.” The columnist, Ann Marlowe, yammers on and on about strengthening governance and problems with their “disastrous 2004” Constitution.
This entire constitutional argument is silly, ignorant and naive.
Our soldiers died – and are dying – to free these people. Our money paid for it. Our constitution is the best in the history of the known universe, our people the most free and equal. There is zero reason these people ought to have been allowed to create their own constitution and governance policies just as they emerged – are emerging – from the midieval governance of Islamist fundamentalist jihadis. They can use ours.
When we die and pay for their freedom they can do things our way until they are well-enough educated, have a functioning economy, and the beginnings of their own free political system based on equal rights, equal suffrage, separation of church and state, and the rule of law — to create their own. Once those qualities are ingrained – probably a minimum of 2 or 3 generations, then they can vote on their own constitution.
Or else we never ought to have bled, died and paid for their freedom to begin with.
It’d be like dying to free Kuwait and then letting Kuwaitis kill Christians for not being Muslims… oh, wait….