Posted on 30-10-2009
Filed Under (Current Affairs) by Rashtrakut

This blog has not had much good to say about the feckless Hamid Karzai.  But today we shift gears to the men with the guns who make Afghanistan ungovernable while fattening their pockets.  A Who’s Who from the folks at American Progress.  Some like Rashid Dostum have a long bloody history.  The brothers Karzai are recent additions to the list after their brother’s elevation to the presidency.  Ismail Khan and his fiefdom of Herat was one of the few bright spots in Afghanistan between the fall of Mohammad Najibullah and the rise of the Taliban.  Lately he is yet another squabbling warlord hovering around the weak Karzai regime.  As these warlords squabble they help generate the insecurity that allows the Taliban to dream of a comeback.

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