WITHIN THE NEXT two months, there will probably be war in Afghanistan. Not the asymmetrical war between a conventional military force and guerrilla warfare, but a traditional one between two armies. On one hand, the Taliban — launching an offensive against NATO troops — on the other hand, NATO commands that already have planned their own offensive against the Taliban. There, military planners are preparing their moves to respond to the enemy. In Rome, our political leaders are preparing their words to keep a divided coalition together.
Until now, they said that our contingent was deployed in Afghanistan as a “peace force.” It was not using weapons, even if it had them. Adhering to the same rules of engagement in real war and under a unified command will be difficult, or at least little consistent with other NATO forces that fight with guns.