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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION - AFGHANISTAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION; SAO
PAULO

August 19, 2009

Title- The never ending war

Op-ed in liberal Folha de S.Paulo (8-19) by Washington's
correspondent Sergio Davila says:"...If there is one characteristic
that differentiates Barack Obama from his predecessor.....it is the
Democrat's healthy habit of telling the truth to the public - always
when possible..... [When Obama said the Afghan war would not be easy
or rapid] he should have also said that the second conflict [the
first being the one in Iraq] cannot be won. Fighting against Al
Qaeda is like fighting the law of gravity.....If everything goes as
the White House expects, [the current President Hamid] Karzai will
win the [elections].......This would push Al Qaeda even more into
neighboring Pakistan. And this would then be the new chapter in the
never ending war."
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