Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Karzai: Fixed end date needed for Afghan war

Now Karzai joins Maliki in demanding that a date be set for withdrawal.

President Hamid Karzai told a visiting U.N. Security Council delegation Tuesday that the international community should set a timeline to end the war in Afghanistan.

It appeared to be the first time Karzai has called for a time limit on the international effort to defeat Taliban militants and raise a stable and competent Afghan security force and government.

"If there is no deadline, we have the right to find another solution for peace and security, which is negotiations," Karzai was quoted as saying in a statement from his office.

And who can blame him? Is there even a plan for ending this war? Does anyone know what the end game is even supposed to look like?

In the seven long years since US/coalition "victory", Karzai has effectively been the President of Kabul, with the rest of the country remaining in the hands of war lords.
The Afghan president also told the U.N. team that airstrikes by international military forces and searches in Afghan homes must stop, the statement said. Karzai has made that demand repeatedly.
And Karzai's position has not been aided by the continual killing of innocent civilians through airstrikes.

Obama would find it almost impossible to give up on Afghanistan as to do so is to give up on the search for bin Laden. However, Obama's problems are not Karzai's problems and it is perfectly understandable that, after seven long years of war, Karzai is looking for an end game; the very thing that the US have failed to provide for all this time.

It is not acceptable that Karzai should be expected to endure his country continuing to live under the military occupation of another nation simply because the political landscape of American politics demands it.

And, after seven long years, Karzai has the right to ask how much longer is this going to take and what needs to happen before American forces withdraw?

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