The whole idea behind assasinating leaders is that you don't kill innocent people.
If you invade the country with tanks, who will try to stop you? The leaders, personally, or thousands of conscript soldiers?
Wouldn't it be better to find whoever is really responsible for the actions taken and remove them personally?
Now, if you could easily extract them, and they could serve trial, that'd be good, but if you can't and their death would prevent others.
And, as for the civilization of Afghanistan... A majority of their citizens are said to want the Taliban removed. They have for years (pretty well as long as they've been in power). You can count on every woman wanting them removed, and a large number of the men. If you have qualms about removign a legitimate government (there is really no such thing, they all rule with threats of violence) the Taliban kicked out the "rightful" rules.
Not that I think we should try to restore the rightful rulers... If we really care about the Afgani people we'd move in, after assasinating the Taliban leaders (or removing them with surgical attacks, as much so as can be accomplished.) And rule from afar.
Nobody has succeeded in taking Afghanistan without bloody war, but that's no different than any guerilla army. In this case, we'd have the support of the people.
I say we move in, remove all local government, and then put plans in place to return the country to local leadership in fifty years, with UN oversight.
At this point, action is inevitable, too many people are calling for it. What we need to do is make it useful actions. And instead of going in bombing them a bit and leaving, we need to setup a stable system. I don't think they're ready (too many religious morons) for that system to be local, so in two generations after decent schooling and nutrition, etc, we'll examine the case again.
And yes, anyone unbiased can look in, say that the leaders have no mandate from the people, and the religion they preach is violent and oppressive. It is, objectively, of no value. If you can't see that, you're a simpering appologist, willing to forgive anything as long as it's done by non-westerners.
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