I left Australia in February last year convinced that international forces should leave Afghanistan, and that all Afghans must feel the same. How ill informed I was. These were assumptions made without having visited the country or having spoken to an Afghan, but I was nonetheless sure of my opinions. Yet every Afghan I spoke with, and there were many over the past 12 months, pleaded that the West remain or civil war would resume.
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