jueves, 30 de octubre de 2008

Afghanistan: Game Over?

This way ended Najibullah Ahmadzai after the Soviet withdrawal of Kabul. Will this happen with Hamid Karzai when the NATO moves back?

From The New York Times, 10/30/2008

“KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan government and its allies in the region have begun approaching the Taliban and other insurgent groups with new intensity to test the possibilities for eventual peace talks, Western diplomats and Afghan officials here say.”

“…Security has deteriorated to the point that a growing chorus of Western diplomats, NATO commanders and Afghans has begun to argue that the insurgency cannot be defeated solely by military means. Some officials in Kabul contend that the war against the insurgents cannot be won and are calling for negotiations…”

“…But some officials fear that without a turnaround in the security situation, the Afghan government and the international forces here will not be in a strong bargaining position.”