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World Opinion: On the anniversary of the war in Afghanistan

An excerpt from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States .

By The Associated Press

On the anniversary of the war in Afghanistan:

This week marks the eighth anniversary of the U.S.-led war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, and although the situation there is more pressing than ever, President Barack Obama is right to take his time making a decision about what to do next. ...

... (T)he commander of troops in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, said a further 40,000 troops were needed to stop a strengthened Taliban overwhelming US forces. ...

Last month, despite Taliban attacks and intimidation, millions of Afghans risked their lives to have their say as to who governed them. That is not in itself enough for unchecked idealism. President Karzai's victory (the final results are not due for weeks) was probably in some part rigged: falsification and sale of voter registrations and multiple voting were widely reported, as were deals with Islamic extremists and drug-trading warlords to get votes.

But Karzai's party is not the Taliban; indeed it is a long way from it and it deserves its chance to succeed. Besides, to abandon Afghanistan now is to risk its return to what it was before Sep-tember 11, 2001 -- that is, to an irrationalist totalitarian state that is at once a haven, training ground and launch pad for al-Qaeda.

-- Sydney (Australia)Morning Herald