What is state failure? See my conceptualisation of state failure on the right flank below.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The great puzzle

If Jon Stewart and his team behind the show have such an accurate sense of the strategic picture, as evidenced by the video below, how come that 90% of the people involved in commenting on Afghanistan affairs, in the form of supposedly serious analysis, in a number of countries, get it so spectacularly wrong, given that this sort of thing - having a sharp sense for strategy - is, like, their profession...? My tentative answer is that empathy is very important for sound qualitative analysis. And a good sense of humour is usually an indicator of just that. And many of the people concerned just do not have these qualities necessarily. Or they don't intend to "waste" on Afghanistan what they reserve for other subjects they consider more important - mainly the attention to detail...

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