Failing in Afghanistan on the front page
In southern Afghanistan the situation is so bad that people have begun turning to the Taliban for the swift, if severe, justice administered by mullahs, said Abdual Qadeer Noorzai, a human rights official in that region.
The Taleban offers a form of sure security and justice. In Lebanon, Hezbullah offers the people social programs and support far beyond anything supplied by the Lebanese government or the West. In Iraq, citizens support the militias and neighborhood groups because they are the only semblance of security.
People do not support these groups primarily because they are violent and anti-west. These groups gain support because they meet critical needs that are not being addressed.
Tell me again how we're going to defeat terrorism with bombing campaigns.....
(I also think there's another component in this equation that is rarely mentioned. Pride. These groups offer an example of strength from indigineous/local people who feel downtrodden and oppressed.
It's the grand mistake in the jiujitsu of counter-insurgency to not understand that every strike builds the insurgency's status. More force leads to more resistance. It's the fight itself that creates their legitimacy.)