Editorial: War and economy
War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing—it is a heartfelt period causes heartbreak. The tremendous suffering that results from war is unimaginable. Innocent civilians are maimed or killed while the soldiers face irreparable physical losses. In every circumstance, war brings nothing but devastation, exposing people to horrors of human crimes, suffering and ruin. Unfortunately, war in Afghanistan is lengthening, with decades pass no end sees in sight. The war-torn country is highly affected by the ongoing war in all walks of life. The Afghan masses hardly breathe in ashes of war. Civilians, besides army, were the worst victim. In one suicide attack in Kabul, over hundreds of innocent commoners have been killed and over 500 others wounded. It is a testimony to how much suffering is unleashed during wars. How then can war ever be justified? No way. Everything around us suffers when there is war. Continuation of war gives signal of avoiding opportunity of peaceful compromise employed to forestall the problem instead of letting it balloon to stage where nothing else will save a war. Putting aside the very real human cost, war also has serious economic costs—loss of buildings, infrastructures, a decline in the working population, uncertainty, and disruption to normal economic activity. All infrastructures in Afghanistan have been ruined during the war, and today militants are doing everything to impede upcoming projects like TAPI, and others that help rebuild infrastructures. The Ministry of Economy projected shackling picture of the war, indicating it has badly affected the economy. Acknowledgment is here over increasing insecurity and poverty, but can’t fight it with mere recognition. Action is needed to improve economy. Perhaps as a result of a prolonged war and drifted attention, economy has been forgotten. Decades of war have decimated much of the economic infrastructure. The intensity of economic stagnation can be gauged with a recent WFP exposé that a quarter of Afghan population faces food shortage; let alone acute infant malnourishment stricken in most of the country. War is a cause of capital flight too. Seeing no end to war, many capitalists and entrepreneurs withdraw their investment fearing increased security risks and decreased economic stimulus. In the face of challenges, still we have time and potentiality to improve economy. It’s a fact that we are out of economic crisis at the moment, but no guarantee for tomorrow. Also can’t turn a blind eye over fragile economic situation. Economic growth is good, but not satisfaction. Policy makers have to find ways to take delicate economy to a better standard. A comprehensive plan for economy situation must be drafted to clear smokes around our possible energy to healthier economies at the future.
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