The actions of the Western alliance in Afghanistan breed a sense of humiliation among Afghans and fuel suspicions of "unacceptable foreign interference," according to a senior UN official.
Kai Eide, the top UN envoy in Afghanistan, sounded the alarm bells last week when he expressed his worries at the UN Security Council.
As the Obama administration gears up to send 30,000 additional troops, the UN special representative called for a new approach.
He says the US and its allies should focus more on building the Afghan economy and civil institutions than military force. On Wednesday Riz speaks with Kai Eide to discuss his ideas on how to bring stability to Afghanistan and asks if, in the fog of war, the simple question of what is best for the people of that country has been lost.
This episode of the Riz Khan show aired from Wednesday, January 13, 2010.
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