Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Instead of sending more troops, why not give Afghanis what they want?

The Age’s Europe correspondent in Brussels, Julian Borger, read an article on Afghanistan in the British newspaper The Guardian , which he passed on to Australia for publication in today's edition of the Melbourne newspaper.

The US and its European allies are preparing to plant a high-profile figure in the heart of the Kabul Government in a direct challenge to Afghan President Hamid Karzai. The creation of a new chief executive or prime ministerial role is aimed at bypassing Mr Karzai. … Many US and European officials are disillusioned with the extent of the corruption and incompetence in the Karzai Government, but most now believe there are no credible alternatives, and predict the Afghan President will win re-election in August.

[A] diplomat said alternatives to Mr Karzai had been explored and discarded: ‘No one could be sure that someone else would not turn out to be 10 times worse.’"

It speaks volumes that these Western politicians, diplomats and journalists ignore what the majority of the Loya Jirga delegates wanted for their country: The return of the Monarchy.

According to the German political magazine Der Spiegel, Prince Mustafa Zahir claimed 1,347 deputies out of 1,500 of the Loya Jirga that gathered in 2002 to discuss the countries future had voiced their support in parliament for his grandfather as head of state. “Who exactly pushed his grandfather aside, he won't say -- what he means is that the Americans wanted Karzai and no one else from the very beginning. ‘But as a normal citizen,' he says now, he has been 'disappointed' by the Karzai regime.” Prince Mustafa Zahir is a King in waiting and a formidable alternative to Mr Karzai.

1 comment:

Nuno Castelo-Branco said...

Of course! Everybody was waiting for Zaher Shah as a representative of the most extended period of peace and progress in Afghanistan. But I desagree about that vision of american "wishes" of the returning back of the monarchy. They are simply too short minded to understand other cultures. Monarchy it's a forbiden matter to them. I have not any illusions about it, even if the royalty mean stability or a certain sense of decency.
The 20th century it's an ordeal of smashing mistakes of the Department of State. Begining to the forced abdication of the Kaiser, the destruction of Austria-Hungary, the pact with NY Mafia to destroy the Savoia's, the conspiracy against the laocian and cambodian monarchies, the lack of suppot regarding the Shah, the betrayal agains the allied Portugal in Africa, India and Timor, and so on...