Sunday, November 1, 2009

Oh, Crap for Afghanistan!

Wow. So, if you haven't been following the elections issue in Afganistan, here is a summary:

2004: UN runs Afganistan's election. Hamid Karzai is elected president at the people's vote.
2009: Afganistan runs their own election, and Abdullah Abdullah runs against Hamid Karzai. The Taliban threaten voters, chopping off ink-stained voting fingers and "encouraging" voters to avoid the polls altogether. Corrupt polling officials then stuff the ballot boxes with ballots for Hamid Karzai, the incumbant. After investigation, it is decided to have a rull-off on November 7th, a re-vote. Intimidation threats boost, and many individuals claim they will not vote again.
This just in: Abdullah Abdullah decides not to run after all . . . the mind rapidly runs through all of the reasons - - death threats? Who knows. Things are NOT looking good for the Afghans, nor for the vote of confidence in democracy for Afghanistan anytime soon.

Meanwhile, President Obama is hesitating on troops support in Afghanistan . . . and Clinton claims that the Taliban has "some" momentum in Afghanistan, and that the US isn't losing . . . what can you say? When you only have one presidential candidate to work with in an election, I guess you have no other choice than to try to work with what you've got. That being said, things aren't looking so good for the Afghans.

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