Recruit Afghan women to sell war to Europeans: CIA expert

Last Updated: Saturday, March 27, 2010 - 10:44

Washington: A CIA expert has called for recruiting Afghan women in a public relations bid to persuade sceptical Europeans to support the NATO-led war effort, a leaked document has said.

"Afghan women could serve as ideal messengers in humanising" the mission for European audiences, particularly in France, according to the CIA analysis, posted on WikiLeaks, a whistleblower website yesterday.

Afghan women`s views would carry special weight as they could express "their aspirations for the future, and their fears of a Taliban victory”, it said.

The Central Intelligence Agency declined to confirm or deny if the document was genuine. But WikiLeaks has previously posted government and corporate documents that were later verified.

The report by a CIA expert on "strategic communications" and State Department analysts of public opinion warned that popular support for the war in Europe was weak and could easily collapse, citing the recent fall of the Dutch government over the issue.

"The tone of previous debate suggests that a spike in French or German casualties or in Afghan civilian casualties could become a tipping point in converting passive opposition into active calls for immediate withdrawal," it said.


First Published: Saturday, March 27, 2010 - 10:44

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