After The Guns Are Silent

One does not normally expect a Republican American President to confirm the wisdom of a Chinese communist, but if ever proof were needed of Mao Zedong's maxim that "political power grows out of the barrel of a gun," the war in Afghanistan waged by George W. Bush's Administration has just supplied it. To the shock, it might be added, of those Americans who, but the day before yesterday, still did not appreciate how awe-inspiring their country's military had become. At the end of October, as the forces of the Northern Alliance seemed to shirk a fight and the residents of Kabul...

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