ariel sharon is trying to draw a parallel between his actions in gaza and on the west bank and ours in afghanistan. the huge difference is that we are not occupying afghanistan, we have supporters within the mainstream of afghanistan, and afghanistan will come out of this with a representative government and billions in reconstruction aid. there is no comparison to be made between a loosely connected group of terrorists with no country and largely undefined goals and a brutally occupied people striking out at their oppressors. i believe ariel sharon is drooling at the prospect of destroying the palestinians.
caveat - i don't believe violence is the best solution to any problem.