Re: I wonder how long before Ecuador ends up on the "state sponsored terrorism" list
The Taliban which we are trying our best to destroy has never attacked any country outside of Afghanistan. It has attacked plenty of people who have invaded or tried to invade the country but never committed any terrorist atrocity outside of Afghanistan.
The only way to actually defeat the Taliban would be to take a leaf out of Hitlers book to see what he tried and failed with the Jewish population. Obviously this isn't going to happen, so we'll never defeat them. We never defeated the IRA in all of those years, so why do people think we'll win against the Taliban.
Off topic: But why destroy poppy fields in Afghanistan when we are spending money to grow poppy's in the UK for pharmaceutical use? Why not allow the Afghans to grow poppy's (afterall they've had plenty of experience) and use that instead? We'd save money destroying the crop, save money protecting the crops in the UK (farmers themselves aren't allowed to harvest said poppy fields), and probably get it a lot cheaper!