Thursday, July 24, 2008

Drug Lord Karzai?

Thomas Schweich, an American anti-drug official, writes a blistering article in NYT detailing complacence and protection offered by Afghan President Karzai to drug lords in Southern Afghanistan, the vote bank of Karzai. It is a classic example of how votes distort the ability of a state to undertake long term beneficial policies.
(http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/27/magazine/27AFGHAN-t.html?hp )

The article is detailed and quite impressive. Will anything change? Looks like until both America and Afghanistan get their presidents elected again; this war on drug (really the flip side of war on terror in the context of Afghanistan) will have to wait. Sadly Democrats in Congress are not particularly helping the matter too.

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