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NATO Chief Commends the iPhone as a Symbol of Optimism

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General, Japp de Hoop Scheffer, has alluded to technological advance, specifically the iPhone, as being a primary step forward in the global effort to fight terrorism in Afghanistan.

In a recent speech given at the Security and Defense Agenda in Brussels Belgium, de Hoop Scheffer covered a vast array of topics pertaining to the Afghani situation, most notably arguing that the European NATO affiliates should be more proactive in their cooperation and loosen the restrictions of where their troops are allowed to go. The Register notes that German troops, for example, are primarily relegated to the more peaceful northern areas of the country. With heightened western aid, and better communication between their allied defense, de Hoop Scheffer, maintains that a real difference can be made.

While the NATO chief has spoken of ambitious plans to relieve the the ongoing strife in this nation, he went on to note that when people of war-torn regions can pull themselves out of dark despondency and reach toward the vitality of new and ever-expanding technologies there will be hope for the future. In this sense, he had revealed a brief bout of multi-touch jealousy while on a recent trip to Kabul, adding:

“Today, half the country is relatively at peace. Access to education is up tenfold. So is access to health care. We are preparing for the second round of national elections. The Afghan Army, and increasingly the police, are growing and improving — slowly, but clearly and steadily. And when I saw an Afghan fellow pull out his Apple iPhone in Kabul, while I was talking on my 5 year old NATO mobile, I saw another symbol of progress.”

There is a lot that can be said about judging the condition of a nation by the technologies that run through it (which is a subject that can be discussed more in depth in a different setting), yet in any light, it certainly does pose a prospect of hope. Even though one can simply construe this as being just another case of a person buying a black-market iPhone, which it is clear that the device is not currently available in Afghanistan, the mere fact that new technologies are abound can show signs of prosperity. Throughout history there has been a direct correlation between technological advance and the overall quality of life. If in the future, if emerging countries can gain access to such advances, the possibilities of expanse will widen. While this by no means shows radical improvement, it does provide a small glimmer into what can be. Clearly there is a long way to go, and on the road to improvement there are several equally important barriers that must be overcome, but hey, every little step can help.

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