Dana Rohrabacher, a maverick California Republican, criticized U.S. policy of favoring strong central government in a new Afghan constitution being drawn up, calling it the product of “too many Ivy League thinkers…”There is no doubt that if you are going to have any sort of social harmony in a country like Afghanistan, people have got to be able to elect their local leaders. You can’t expect everybody to take their orders from Kabul when you have such ethnic diversity. “Giving people local autonomy is a way of making them happy and content with being part of a central system.” [Reuters, 4/18/03]

In other words, we will have peace if we pander to ethnic separatism. Good luck. There is no peace without limited government and individual rights; if the population doesn’t accept these ideas, then it’s anarchy or tyranny no matter what.

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