Sunday, June 15, 2008
Karzai the Magnificent
Is it the goal of President Hamid Karzai of Aghanistan to undermine the stability of his part of the world? That's what it seemed like Sunday when Karzai threatened to send troops across the border into Pakistan to pursue Taliban militants who attack his country. Karzai's forces cannot even control his own country, even with thousands of U.S.-backed coalition forces behind him. Why would he now threaten war with Pakistan, a U.S. ally in the war on terror? Karzai's statement came after Taliban leaders in exile in Pakistan vowed to send fighters across the border into Afghanistan. "This means that Afghanistan has the right of self defense," Karzai said, according to the Reuters international news service. "When they cross the territory from Pakistan to come and kill Afghans and kill coalition troops, it exactly gives us the right to go back and do the same." Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said his country has made it clear that coalition forces and Afghan forces could take whatever action they wanted against militants in Afghanistan but not cross the Pakistani side of the border. Pakistan and Afghanistan share a disputed 1,600-mile border.