Sunday, September 27, 2009

The implications of Karzai's victory

I have been insisting throughout this site that our installation and continued support for President Karzai is eroding our moral standing in Afghanistan. Dr. Eshan Azari, an Afghan journalist living in Australia, has detailed the dangerous implications of Karzai's fraud-stained election victory in a piece titled, Karzai is the Problem, Not the Solution: Why Afghan Intellectuals Live In National Despair, based largely on the six months he recently spent in Kabul.

Azari is convinced that the months following the certification of Karzai's victory will only intensify support for the Taliban in the southern and eastern regions of the country. His complaints against Karzai are written from the perspective of an educated Afghan ex-pat, who can thrive in contemporary Afghanistan only by entering Karzai's criminal cabal. Azari also includes fun stats, such as the World Bank naming Afghanistan "the most inefficient judicial system in the world" last year. For those who are still on the fence about our role in Afghanistan, it is always worth listening to Afghans who have put great thought into the future of their country, and express grave concern about the direction it is heading.

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