Now, Karzai tells his US backers that he has selected as his running mate "Marshal" Fahim, a warlord suspected in major human rights abuses. One commentator puts it bluntly:
"I want to move to a situation where leaders and people who have a reputation for being involved in serious human rights violations disappear from the political landscape, and not the opposite"And notes another Western diplomat,
"The question really is: if Karzai gets killed on August 21 [the day after the election date] who is the president? It's Marshal Fahim. If he is just put in the presidential palace and given a good car and nice life then fine. But if he gets involved in policy then it's goodbye to the future of Afghanistan."And this is what the impending military-civilian "surge" of US personnel to Afghanistan is supposed to be in support of?!
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