The Economics of War
I have always imagined civil wars being fought by two armies built on differing ideology. In Afghanistan, the Taliban has built an army based on economics. I can only imagine the dialogue at night:
man 1: So what do you do for a living?
man 2: I am part of the insurgency killing the afghan soldiers for the Taliban.
man1: Oh, so you don’t like the way the country is transforming?
man2: Oh no it’s great – the Taliban just pays better.
The Taliban has found a way to recruit fighters that is less about winning hearts and minds and more about the enduring appeal of cold hard cash.
They are paying fighters up to $12 (6.50 Euros) a day to fight the fledgling Afghan National Army, which pays only $4 a day to its soldiers in the field, according to military officials.