U.S. encouraged by Afghans banding together to protect villages
A Promising Development:
Afghans swear to kill Taliban if they encroach into their village.
Civlian "militias" sprout up, armed with weapons they never before had, to combat Taliban.
I like to see this happening. It's what's progressive. Talking to the Taliban is clearly, indubitably useless, like talking to sharks, so... HEY! Does the Afghan constitution guarantee the right to bear arms? THAT's the key to defeating the Taliban- by armed attrition by civilians. How, of course, can the Taliban rule when the citizenry who oppose them are armed and ready to shoot?
Makes one think about how Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Castro et al, how they all banned gun ownership by civilians, on the false pretense of "making society safer". "Safer"... for whom? Hmm?
An armed citizenry is the best deterrent and defence against tyranny. Governments will be less likely to "go too far" if they know that they cannot.