The Futility Monster

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And This Is What We’re Fighting For

Posted by The Futility Monster on February 23, 2010 @ 09:50

The more things change, the more they stay the same...

I don’t know about you, but this story makes me pretty mad…

Western diplomats have expressed deep concern at a decree from Afghan President Hamid Karzai giving him total control over a key election body.

The move gives him the power to appoint all five members of Afghanistan’s Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC).

The body helped expose massive fraud in last year’s presidential poll, forcing Mr Karzai into a second vote.

The Afghan people, our soldiers, and those of other countries are dying for this.

They are dying to create a sham version of democracy which props up an ailing administration that has no power beyond its base in Kabul.

They are dying apparently to secure a better future for Afghanistan, when all that is happening is, as usual, the people at the top are abusing their position for personal and political gain.

But what can we do?

After all, we put him there. We made sure he continues to be re-elected. We set the framework for the constitutional arrangement of the country. We can’t go preaching democracy and then moan when we dislike the result.

But we’ll plunder on regardless. After all, that is the neoconservative view of the world. We have no principled objection to dictators. We’d just rather they all supported us. See Uzbekistan, China and Saudi Arabia. Oh, and Cuba, North Korea and Iran.

Afghanistan. A complete and utter travesty from which we will never extricate ourselves.

Nice job, politicians.

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