The Taliban

The Taliban

by Lauri S. Scherer

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Over thirty-five years ago, Greenhaven Press began publishing the Opposing Viewpoints series to help students gain an awareness of current issues and develop critical thinking skills. The Introducing Issues with Opposing Viewpoints series continues that tradition, presenting a wealth of information on contemporary issues in a colorful, easy-to-read format. In addition to pro/con articles, each Introducing Issues with Opposing Viewpoints volume includes appealing features designed to help-students understand the complexities or current issues: Full-color photographs, charts, graphs, and cartoons supplement the text, Sidebars present easy-to-understand statistics, Engaging face boxes provide at-a-glance information, Questions that focus on vocabulary aid reading comprehension, Glossary, annotated bibliography, websites, and organizations to contact supplement student research

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780737762839
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date: 02/08/2013
Series: Introducing Issues with Opposing Viewpoints Series
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword 5

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 How Powerful Are the Taliban?

1 The Taliban Pose a Significant Threat Louie Gohmert Dana Rohrabacher 12

2 The Threat from the Taliban Has Been Exaggerated John Mueller 19

3 US Troop Presence in Afghanistan Keeps the Taliban Weak Max Boot 25

4 US Troop Presence in Afghanistan Helped the Taliban Grow Strong Rory Stewart 31

5 The Taliban Seek Nuclear Weapons Jay J. Schlickman 38

6 The Taliban Are Unlikely to Obtain Nuclear Weapons Feroz Hassan Khan 43

Chapter 2 What Is the Relationship Between the Taliban and Afghanistan's Drug Trade?

1 The Taliban Are Strengthened by Afghanistan's Opium Trade Gretchen Peters 51

2 The Taliban's Benefit from the Drug Trade Has Been Exaggerated Jonathan P. Caulkins Jonathan D. Kulick Mark A.R. Kleiman 58

3 The Taliban Use Heroin as a Weapon Against US Soldiers Gerald Posner 66

4 The United States Should Buy Afghan Opium to Undermine the Taliban Christopher Hitchens 74

5 Buying Opium Will Not Make Afghanistan's Drug Trade Unprofitable Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar 80

Chapter 3 How Should the United States Deal with the Taliban Going Forward?

1 Talking 'Bout Negotiation Shamila N. Chaudhary 87

2 The United States Should Not Negotiate with the Taliban Amrullah Saleh 94

3 Taliban Fighters Can Be Convinced to Lay Down Their Weapons Mark Sedra 99

4 Taliban Fighters Are Unlikely to Lay Down Their Weapons Ben Farmer 105

Facts About the Taliban 113

Organizations to Contact 118

For Further Reading 123

Index 128

Picture Credits 133

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