Monday, November 10, 2003

America has begun to come to the conclusion that they cannot control Afghanistan anymore. Our first choice for an Afghan leader, Hamid Karzai, was hand-picked be the U.S. government because of his decidedly pro-American stance. Unfortunately, the Afghan people did not agree with our choice, and he has yet to establish his writ in the capital city of Kabul, much less the rest of the impoverished country. His failure as a statesman and talking head for the U.S. had led to a progressive decay in the government of Afghanistan, and has led us to pursue less desirable candidates in the interest of getting the hell out of this wasteland deep in the heart of Asia so we can concentrate on putting Iraq together again.

We have now gone to Pakistan for help in finding a new government structure for Afghanistan. This includes so-called "moderate" Taliban leaders, whom the U.S. found to be repugnant at first, but will clearly have more favorable support of the people of Afghanistan. This will hopefully ease anti-U.S. feelings in the southern provinces, but puts a lot of the people back in power who we ousted just a couple of years ago. This is where Pakistan fits in. They claim that they can "tame" the Taliban rulers into adopting a more mellow religious stance while in power. This sounds like one hell of a plan. Lots of luck, guys.

Pakistan claims that they are already making great steps in "converting" the legendary mujahideen Maulana Jalaluddin Haqqani. "Soon after September 11, 2001, Pakistan authorities invited Haqqani to Islamabad, where he was offered inducements by US authorities to change sides. He refused, and gave up his high position in the Taliban regime to take up arms as a guerrilla against the US-led invading army. He currently commands a large force in the Paktia, Paktika and Khost regions where the resistance is at its fiercest. Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence, according to Asia Times Online sources, has assured the US that sooner or later Haqqani will be on their side. Close aides of Haqqani, though, dismiss out of hand such talk." Yep, sounds like we're getting off to a great start!

America has watched as events slowly but surely have turned this smoking crater of a country against us. The former royal party, which has support in Kandahar at least, has suffered from a growing Taliban influence in their area. This was the spiritual home of the Taliban anyway, and it should not be a surprise that they would want to take this city again. But this does not dismay the occupying forces in Afghanistan. Their reason? "Now, al-Qaeda's network in Afghanistan has effectively been broken, and it poses no threat to the US in that country. Thus, a growing argument runs, since there is no threat, should the US really care who rules the wasteland that is Afghanistan, be it the Taliban or the Northern Alliance or a combination thereof? Better that the US pull out its troops and leave the Afghanis to themselves." So, basically, we're kicking the dust of Afghanistan off our combat boots because the place is about as fucked up as when we got there and we can't fix it after all.

But at least we got Osama bin Laden. Oh, wait. SHIT!

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