Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Word's Out - We're Backing Karzai!

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the West has decided to hold its nose and support the supposed re-election of Afghan president Hamid Karzai:

The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and NATO foreign ministers have reached a consensus that Mr Karzai will probably stay on as president, regardless of the continuing inquiry into vote rigging.

The allies told the Afghan Foreign Minister, Rangin Dadfar Spanta, in a meeting in New York last week that they would support the regime and its policy of persuading Taliban commanders to defect.

...Despite concerns that the US-led military mission could fail if Mr Karzai's weak and corrupt government continued, the allies see him as the only viable option.

Nearly six weeks after polling day, Afghanistan remains in political limbo, with either a certified victory or a decision to hold a second round of voting at least a week away.

Shit, oh dear. Another endorsement from the West for rule by warlords. Does no one realize that our legitimacy over there now can be no greater than Karzai's legitimacy that can, in turn, be no greater than that totally fraudulent election? Not that we had a lot of choice but I think we've just handed the Taliban and its allies the means to transform this insurgency into a genuine civil war.

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