Afghan answer isn’t only a military one
Outlining his Afghanistan strategy, President Donald Trump talked about weeding out terrorists, but he said very little to address one of the root causes of radicalization: global poverty [“A way forward in Afghanistan,” Editorial, Aug. 23].
Afghanistan is one of the poorest nations. Declines in aid and escalations of conflict have only increased the vulnerability of the Afghan people, 39 percent of whom live below the poverty line, according to the World Bank. This poverty is perpetuated as more conflict causes children to miss school and families to flee their homes.
To truly help Afghanistan, a smart military strategy must be coupled with well-funded development to ensure stable and inclusive prosperity for all. As former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates once said, “Development is a lot cheaper than sending soldiers.”
Amanda Quinn, West Islip
President Trump and the Dreamers
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order should not be reversed [“A cruel reversal for Dreamers,” Editorial, Sept. 6]. Human decency demands as much.
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