Thursday, February 21, 2002

Did they or didn't they?

Oh dear. Karzai may be in trouble, it seems he was fibbing about that airport killing. There are circles within circles in the Afghanistan scene, so let's not pretend that we know what's going on - whether this means that the American backed Karzai is losing ground to the Russian backed Jamiat-i-Islaami, or whether this is a victory for local warlords over a centralised governments. We can't pretend to know.

What it undeniably shows is that the Afghan government is terribly weak and fatally divided, and will almost certainly need external intervention to stand for more than five minutes. That's us, folks.


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