Natalie Sanchez, Rhiannan Stegenga
NATO presence improves the lives of Afghan citizens.
“Victory is impossible in Afghanistan.” These are the words of former Soviet Union president Mikhail Borbachev who from personal experience knows that it is difficult to help Afghanistan maintain a stable government after his failed attempt to protect the socialist government SET UP THERE by former Soviet leaders.NATO’s main goal in Afghanistan is to assist the government in extending its authority across the country making way for effective governance and improve the lives of Afghani citizens. The former leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, has warned NATO that victory in Afghanistan is deemed "impossible" (BBC news) We negate the resolution: NATO presence improves the lives of Afghan citizens. First some definitions important to the understanding of our topic: NATO: An international organization established to promote mutual defense and collective security consisting of several countries. (NATO)
PRESENCE: The fact or condition of being present.
IMPROVES: To enhance in value or quality: make better
AFGHAN: A native or inhabitant of Afghanistan.
CITIZENS: Members of a state.
Contention 1: NATO’s presence in Afghanistan harms citizens. In April of 2009 NATO led a 62,000 soldier military force fighting a Taliban- led insurgency and plans to send over more troops. According to Matt Waldman (head of policy in Kabul Afghanistan’s capital city,)”About 55% of civilian deaths in the insurgency last year were caused by foreign militants … This is causing anger, fear, and resentment among Afghans, and is steadily eroding support for the international presence.” NATO could not be improving the lives of Afghan citizens when they are killing more citizens then the Taliban is.
Contention 2: NATO’s presence in Afghanistan does not improve the lives of Afghan citizens because it increases internal instability in the country. According to Matt Waldman, “There...
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