Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Karzai Calls Taliban Defeated: Today's Cartoon

According to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, not only has the Taliban been defeated, but they don't even pose a threat to his leadership, despite mounting civilian casualties.

Now, for someone's whose influence hardly extends past the checkpoints surrounding the capital city, Karzai's bold claim that his government cannot be touch by the rising violence and instability in Afghanistan merely plays to the critics who claim that the "Mayor of Kabul" is too withdrawn and isolated from the rest of his country, to govern it effectively.

During his visit to Washington, Hamid Karzai and President Bush accused the Taliban of using "human shields"; which judging by the mass casualties, must be an indication of the their presence (and influence) among the Afghan people. Thus not only has the Karzai government failed to assert its authority, by preventing the Taliban from using these civilians as shields, but it has also failed to inspire the rest of the population to rise up and resist their former rulers.

By failing to extend itself past the city of Kabul, the Karzai government has seemingly enclosed itself within a lawless nation, and basically allowed for the same conditions that brought the Taliban into power, in the first place.

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