A familiar story in forgotten Afghanistan."Excellent news from Afghanistan," wrote Toronto Sun The Toronto Sun is an English language daily newspaper published in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is published as a tabloid and is known for its daily "Sunshine Girl" feature and for its populist conservative editorial stance. foreign affairs foreign affairs
Affairs concerning international relations and national interests in foreign countries. analyst Eric Margolis in a December 12 column. "A new president, chosen in the country's first democratic election, has just been sworn in. He pledges to extend democracy across Afghanistan, liberate and educate all women, and wipe out 'the last remnants of Islamic terrorism' impeding economic and social development. Foreign troops supporting the Kabul government will remain only until security is assured and terrorism eliminated."
Margolis was not marking the December 7, 2004 inauguration of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Washington's hand-picked surrogate; he instead was reminding readers about the 1987 installation of the Soviet Union's stooge stooge
1. The partner in a comedy team who feeds lines to the other comedian; a straight man.
2. One who allows oneself to be used for another's profit or advantage; a puppet.
3. Slang A stool pigeon. , Muhammad Najibullah. His point is that history is repeating itself and that the news from Afghanistan will turn out no better now than it was then.
"Afghanistan's first true national elections were in 1986 and 1987, under Soviet military occupation," Margolis points out. "First, the KGB KGB: see secret police.
Russian Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti
(“Committee for State Security”) Soviet agency responsible for intelligence, counterintelligence, and internal security. organized a 'loya jirga,' or national assembly in 1985 and, through bribes and intimidation, got its new Afghan 'asset,' Najibullah, positioned to replace the ineffectual Afghan communist puppet then in office."
"In 2002," Margolis continues, "the CIA CIA: see Central Intelligence Agency.
(1) (Confidentiality Integrity Authentication) The three important concerns with regards to information security. Encryption is used to provide confidentiality (privacy, secrecy). got its Afghan 'asset,' Hamid Karzai, nominated president through a loya jirga that seemed to many as rigged as the one that promoted Najibullah." In the Soviet-administered "elections" of 1986-87, "the Afghan communists allowed genuine opposition parties to run and even sought a coalition with anti-communist forces," most of whom quite properly spurned spurn
v. spurned, spurn·ing, spurns
1. To reject disdainfully or contemptuously; scorn. See Synonyms at refuse1.
2. To kick at or tread on disdainfully.
v. Najibullah as a communist puppet. In the U.S.-run elections, by way of contrast, "all parties or individuals opposed to the American occupation of Afghanistan were excluded."
Although the Bush administration's rhetoric cloaks Karzai in the garb of a hero, he's actually "the world's most expensive mayor," Margolis contends. "Karzai rules only downtown Kabul, protected by 200 U.S. bodyguards, 17,000 U.S. troops and a token NATO NATO: see North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
in full North Atlantic Treaty Organization
International military alliance created to defend western Europe against a possible Soviet invasion. force.... It costs Washington $1.6 billion monthly to keep Karzai in power. Without the foreign troops' bayonets, Karzai's little puppet regime would quickly be swept away."
But at least the forces of "freedom" have a foothold in Afghanistan's forbidding soil, right? Well ... not exactly. "The real power behind the figurehead figurehead, carved decoration usually representing a head or figure placed under the bowsprit of a ship. The art is of extreme antiquity. Ancient galleys and triremes carried rostrums, or beaks, on the bow to ram enemy vessels. Karzai is the Northern Alliance, the rump of the old Afghan Communist Party," Margolis concludes.