I was listening to NPR's Morning Edition on my way to work, and they were doing a bit about what Afghanistan looks like, post-U.S.-beatdown. (Kabul is a swingin' place to be; the rest of the country is an unliveable cess-hole.)
Towards the end of the piece, they discussed recent attacks on NGOs and foreign aid workers, including the murder of a Red Cross volunteer. An Italian woman, who has worked in Afghanistan for non-profits since the mujaheddin days, said that the American invasion has created a great deal of anti-western sentiment in the country, and that she never felt as unsafe as she does now, even during the Talib regime. (A number of letters posted in Afghan towns urging attacks on foreign aid workers have tied the situation to the war in Iraq.)
Then, out of nowhere, we hear from a Col. King, who is a ranking officer in charge of certain aspects of the Afghan combat operations. After making clear that the US is there to fight, not to help or to rebuild, says he:
"As long as you have certain people (in the aid organizations) standing around complaining how it's not safe, it's not safe...to a certain extent, that becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy."
So, it turns out it's the aid workers' fault that they fear for their lives. Thanks for clearing that up, Col. King!