In Islamabad, Pakistan:
Originally seen in the Times (£):
Since the US-led invasion of 2001, some 3.8 million Afghans have returned home, says the United Nations refugee agency. Almost 1.6 million registered Afghan refugees remain, and about a million are thought to live in Pakistan illegally. Most live in poverty and uncertainty....
Millions streamed across the border after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, the start of a decade-long war against the occupation.
After the Soviets pulled out, the country was torn apart by fighting between warlords, and more Afghans fled. When the Taliban rose to power in 1996, their strict form of Sunni Islam further terrorised the population.
Many Pakistanis, however, see the refugees as a costly burden that costs their country too much, and pressure is mounting upon the government to send them back.
Predictable enough comments:
Our glorious legacy?
We did such a wonderful job in Afghanistan to boost Bush's ego; such a crime and such a waste of lives both our soldiers and Afghan. These children will grow up blaming the West for their predicament and will become the very next generation of terrorists.
If we add up the costs of all the hardware we dropped and the cost of the military campaigns we could easily have rebuilt Afghanistan with schools, hospitals, roads, businesses etc which would have led to peace and all would have benefited instead we chose to drop bombs and kill.
Which suggests that the commenters can only rouse themselves to any kind of response by entirely ignoring what the article says - and entirely ignoring all the progress that's been made in terms of, um, schools and hospitals - and assuming that if there's any suffering then it must be the West's fault.
Update: now at In Focus.