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25 March 2012, 12:20
"A truly thoughtful war plan would send all of the Western media experts home and have all news reported through and by the Afghan government."
Hahaha, how truly thoughtful ... The Afghan government media agency (Government Media Information Center) falls under the authority of Karim Khurram who belongs to the Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin and is a stooge of the criminal butcher Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. Of course, all news should be reported through Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Pakistan proxy, terrorist and wanna-be dictator. The author doesn’t seem to have put a lot of thought into this one.
"Supporting the minority Tajiks would be similar to supporting President Assad and his minority Alawite sect in Syria or the minority Sunni Royal Family in Bahrain (both bad ideas)."
Really? Again, not a very thoughtful analysis. Assad in Syria represents a group of roughly 10 % of the Syrian population versus a group of 90 % . In Bahrain the Royal Family represents roughly 25 % Sunni versus the 75 % Shia.
In Afghanistan, the Tajiks (+Aimaks) are at least 30-35 % of the population, plus the main Hazara and Uzbek (+ Turkmen) leaders (which together represent a part of the population compromising another 20 %) have thrown their support behind the United Front (Northern Alliance). Not to forget that some Pashtun leaders which follow in the way of the assassinated Pashtun anti-Taliban leader Abdul Qadir have thrown their support behind the United Front. This shows that the United Front represents a 50 -55% + majority of the Afghan population. So, the math of the author is clearly adjusted to what Pakistan and Pashtun nationalists want the world to believe.
Question to the author: Since the government has seen an increase in Pashtun officials, is now dominated by Pashtuns and partly in the hands of the Pashtun Islamist Hezb-e Islami, has there been an increase in Taliban attacks or a decrease?
Question: Is supposed Pashtun underrepresentation (although the government is Pashtun-run) the problem then?
Ahmad Shah Massoud the Great said, no more talks of ethnicity. Only those who want to divide and harm Afghanistan talk about ethnicity. Is Dr. Abdullah Abdullah capable and popular? Yes, he is. Are there other capable Tajiks, Hazaras, Uzbeks or Pashtuns. Yes, there are. It is for the Afghan people to decide in free and fair elections.
If the US decides to back non-corrupt anti-Taliban Afghans no matter their ethnicity that is the right strategy to follow.
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