Originally Posted by Someguy again
there are other means to achieve peace and creating democratic system in countries like these, other than invasion and military supervision. (see: arab spring protests.) i'm not saying that a public outcry that leads to protest will end in a peaceful manner but it's much better than having a foreign country come in by force and just stir up the hornets nest and expect quick results before they leave. when the people take control of their situation in their own way, they can address the problems that are needed to the citizens much more quickly. obviously these are all givens, it all depends on who takes over or how things pan out.
simple, (well not really) they have people. an educated population goes a long way to improvement in the standards of living in society. i have faith that an improved educational system with intellectuals and activists that are leading a informed public of their plans could easily find a way to improve their situation and benefit not only to their own country but to the world as well.
for education to be able to bring a country out of extreme poverty, it would require decades. It is not as simple as a+b+c. This country's been at war for nearly 40 years, you can't expect to have it fix itself quickly, and I don't think they'll be able to on their own. Radical Islam has taken hold of that country, it's not just the Taliban organization, some people there genuinly believe in things like genital mutilation, stoning a woman to death for measly crimes, etc. It's dumb, sure, but its their dark ages and Islam is a much more fierce adversary to overcome than Christianity, just because of Islam's fundamental belief that it is right, and should not be changed in any way, because it is god's last word to the people.