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Is Afghanistan heading in the right direction?

A national opinion poll in Afghanistan suggests that Afghans are increasingly confident about the future. Do you agree?

The poll suggests that compared to last year support for the re-elected President Karzai has rallied and there has been some softening in attitudes towards foreign troops. Of those questioned, 70% said they felt Afghanistan was heading in the right direction.

However 95% say corruption within the police or government is a problem in their area. In addition, only 32% think democracy is the best system of government for the country.

Is democracy the best system of government in Afghanistan? If you’re in Afghanistan, have the living standards in your region improved? How confident are you about the future?

Afghans more optimistic for future, survey shows
Reaction to the poll from Afghanistan

Published: Monday, 11 January, 2010, 11:20 GMT 11:20 UK

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Added: Wednesday, 13 January, 2010, 12:38 GMT 12:38 UK

When majority people favour democracy and reject a government considering it a dictatorial or fake democratic or else it means its not a true democratic government at least and the country is not heading in the right diection.

In the aforesaid situation the country needs fresh and fair election soon to make its go in the right direction.

ARShams Reflection, Pakistan

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Added: Wednesday, 13 January, 2010, 12:36 GMT 12:36 UK

Desiderius Erasmus,

Well girls can go to school now-they couldn't 10 years ago, women can vote-they couldn't 10 years ago, Afgans have themeselves expressed optimism and their support for the coalition-they wouldn't have dared to in 2004

Be looking at these example I think things are heading in the right direction, oh I nearly forgot, the Taliban are trying to get into Pakistan because they are getting pushed out of Afghanistan and Iraq

[Yorkatt101], Truth = Rejected, United Kingdom

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Added: Wednesday, 13 January, 2010, 12:19 GMT 12:19 UK

Is Afghanistan heading in the right direction?
it depends on the weakness of Taliban.

salintoat, sudan

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Added: Wednesday, 13 January, 2010, 12:04 GMT 12:04 UK

Over the pest 3000 years no one has either conquered or been able to subdue the tribes that make up the country we now call Afghanistan.The Empires of Babylon, Persia, Macedonia, (Alexander the Great), Parthia, The Mongols under Ghengis Khan, even us British during the Raj were kicked out, Russia too got a bloody nose.
Afghanistan is a country made up of different tribes who are still prone to conducting blood feuds. They won't want our imposed western democracy. We can't win.

steve, inverness

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Added: Wednesday, 13 January, 2010, 11:54 GMT 11:54 UK

No.

The reality on the ground is only achieved by present foreign forces. Remove them & I think Afganistan will crumble into a free for all between Taleban, Al Quada & tribal clans.

It looks like UK may lose upto 20% of its total armed forces personel because of budget cuts. Hence in 2+ years time we just may not have the capability to maintain todays status.

I bet that Al Quada are laughing into their beards that UK prefers paying for breast implants etc than national security.

[MrWonderfulReality]

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Added: Wednesday, 13 January, 2010, 11:47 GMT 11:47 UK

Not only Afghanistan but Yemen, too, since the leader of an al-Qaeda group has been killed there.

It's a pity that the media give prominence to bad news about the fight against terrorism, whilst good news is all but ignored. Good news might not sell, but it is vital in the propaganda war.

Jack, London

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Added: Wednesday, 13 January, 2010, 11:38 GMT 11:38 UK

If they prefer a military rule instead of civilian rule then it means they forget so easily. There isn't accountability whatsoever in military rule and many will disappear in thin air if allowed. A lawless Afghanistan is a threat to the regional security.

wodgot, uk

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Added: Wednesday, 13 January, 2010, 11:04 GMT 11:04 UK

It's a corruption-ridden mess - pretty much like the other countries in the area, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh etc.

India is probably the 'best' country in the region. So the best case scenario is that our efforts would make Afghanistan as 'good' as India. Yet even India is hardly a model to aspire to, with huge corruption, poverty and human rights abuse.

We can't 'cure' Afghanistan. Let's bring our troops home, leave a carrier force in the area, and focus on homeland security.

Apple Eater, England

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Added: Wednesday, 13 January, 2010, 10:41 GMT 10:41 UK

I hope its heading in the right direction. If its NOT then what are our soldiers dying for.
glen, UK


Even if it is in the right direction, one has to wonder why british soldiers should surrender their lives when the afghani's themselves haven't been willing.
So yes...

what are OUR soldiers dying for?

Rob, Wales

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Added: Wednesday, 13 January, 2010, 10:32 GMT 10:32 UK

The only part of this "survey" that I believe is the one where 95% of interviewees complain of corruption at high levels.
Eleanor, Glasgow

Naturally. You disagree with a Western presence in Afghanistan, so you'll believe only what suits you.
Steve Edwards, Bishop's Stortford, United Kingdom

And the same can't be said of yourself, Mr Edwards?

Annie, Scotland

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Added: Wednesday, 13 January, 2010, 09:35 GMT 09:35 UK

No 'normal' person, in any democratic country, deliberately votes for war, ever. They simply vote with the freedom so many before them died for?

There are leaders in many countries who preside over genocide, but have not been voted in simply because they have not held any election at all?

[read_animalfarm]

In western democratic countrie we don't get the chance to vote for war or peace - the politicians know best.

John Anson, Camelford, United Kingdom

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Added: Wednesday, 13 January, 2010, 09:25 GMT 09:25 UK

Anyone claiming to know what's going on in Afghanistan can only be misinforned. Even the USA military in that country state that their intelligence is faulty.

Artur de Freitas, Johannesburg - South Africa

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Added: Wednesday, 13 January, 2010, 09:08 GMT 09:08 UK

For what reasons the Afghani must support the Western troops in their country. Because of government corruptions, because of the children were killed, because of Western lifestyles, and American democracy-style, it is best they should go home

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Added: Wednesday, 13 January, 2010, 08:56 GMT 08:56 UK

Our soldiers are not dying in Afghanistan to protect freedom of speech, womens rights, to make a better life for the Afghan people or even to catch Bin Laden. They are dying there because the USA and their allies (us) want a pipeline route from the Caucasus that they can control and doesn't go through Russia. It's that simple and the sooner everyone who knows starts telling the truth the better it will be for all of us. We need the fuels and our Governments will secure the supply at any cost.

Ernie Smith, Stockport, United Kingdom

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Added: Wednesday, 13 January, 2010, 08:35 GMT 08:35 UK

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If the UK was under the control of an invading power, I expect that opinion polls here would say much the same - we welcome foreign troops, we think things are getting better
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Downin

-Nato and the ISAF are NOT the invaders in Afghanistan. ISAF stands for -well, look it up if you can be bothered to.

Simon Morgan, Sydney

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