Disclaimer: I’ve never been to Afghanistan. I can assess only from afar, and from what I read.
I do observe that we are more than a decade into our heroic efforts to pacify Afghanistan, and bolster Afghanistan into a modern, democratic nation.
“Democracy” does not free float around like some spirit which may possess anyplace if enough US money and technology are shipped in. Democracy is a result that springs directly from what people believe about who people are. In the West, democracy derived directly from our Founders’ concept of a Creator God making mankind in His image, reflecting God’s nature, with God’s boundless liberty, and with God’s boundless love for his created people.
In Afghanistan, it appears that such a notion has not taken hold. How could it?
So, what now? Wish I had a good answer to that question.