The New Afghanistan

Seymour, Richard
July 2003
Middle East;Jul2003, Issue 336, p12
In October 2001, the United States and its allies fired their first shot in what promised to be a prolonged War on Terror, by launching air attacks on the ancient nation of Afghanistan. The country's Taliban leadership collapsed and fled. They left, in their place, a power vacuum that the U.S. attempted to fill by installing Hamid Karzai as president; a choice, the US claimed, that had the popular support of Afghan people. Given time, Afghanistan's local economies will function on their own and fill the gaps in investment that President Karzai's government may never be able to fill. The single most significant obstacle to the rebuilding of Afghanistan has been that U.S. elected President Hamid Karzai does not enjoy the popular support of the people. When the time came to select a leader, the people popularly chose former monarch, Zahir Shah.


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