Tom Friedman has a great editorial about why we should stay in Afghanistan. I've always been for getting out. but he makes a good argument on changing their culture by building schools and educating young women and girls so that the traditional Islam might be eventually altered to give women equal rights. I seriously don't know, but read the editorial and see what you think...
I looked for a link but couldn't find one... maybe there'll be one in a couple of days.

I'm not convinced it'll work or make a long lasting difference, but he makes an excellent argument. Worth the read. The key is long lasting.... young women are no match armed war lords. On the other hand, if they strike them down- they strike down their own... they kill their own ability to create families and more followers of Islam and also more fighters. I dunno but it makes a fascinating discussion topic.
David (OFI)