Monday 11 December 2017

The people must instigate change

Kevin Myers' highlighting the heroism of individual soldiers and the horrific violence against women in Afghanistan is commendable (Irish Independent, September 7).

However, his support for continued overseas armed intervention to prevent the degradation of women by the Taliban is, I believe, misguided and, indeed, counter-productive. No matter how evil or depraved religious or cultural mores are in any society, real change must come from within.

Change depends on individuals and groups persistently challenging and confronting, usually at great personal cost, the ruling elite. This process can be greatly helped by overseas media exposing the naked abuse of power masquerading as religious or cultural norms.

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