Thursday, November 27, 2008

Going Down Fast

As he leaves Afghanistan, Robert Fisk assesses the situation. It's not good.

This is not the democratic, peaceful, resurgent, "gender-sensitive" Afghanistan that the world promised to create after the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001.

"Nobody I know wants to see the Taliban back in power," a Kabul business executive says – anonymity is now as much demanded as it was before 2001 – "but people hate the government and the parliament which doesn't care about their security. The government is useless."

Afghanistan is just a battlefield of ideology, opium and political corruption.

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