Monday, March 23, 2009

So much for democracy in Afghanistan

Great. Having overthrown the Taliban and established democracy in Afghanistan, the US is now planning to subvert it from within by installing its own unelected satrap "alongside" the elected Afghan president:

The creation of a new chief executive or prime ministerial role is aimed at bypassing Karzai. In a further dilution of his power, it is proposed that money be diverted from the Kabul government to the provinces. Many US and European officials have become disillusioned with the extent of the corruption and incompetence in the Karzai government, but most now believe there are no credible alternatives, and predict the Afghan president will win re-election in August.
The attitudes on display here by Afghanistan's occupiers are pure arrogant colonialism. Afghanistan's constitution does not belong to Afghans, but is to be remade at the whim of foreign occupiers. Democratic elections are to be ignored if the "wrong" person wins. The purpose of Afghanistan's government is to serve foreign masters, not its people.

And they wonder why the Afghan people are increasingly turning back to the Taliban. They may be abusive theocratic scum, but at least they're their abusive theocratic scum, rather than someone else's. And as we've seen countless times in Africa, that sense of ownership makes all the difference in the world.