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September 9, 2009

Poster Boy


Doves of peace? Scales of justice? The prompt here is to consider what the man in the street is thinking given that we’re propping up Karzai after he tampered with and likely stole the election. …What are our troops fighting for again?

(credit: Musadeq Sadeq/A.P. caption: An Afghan elderly man looks at an election billboard of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who is a presidential candidate in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday, Aug. 31, 2009. Major fraud complaints in the Afghan presidential election have surged to nearly 700, raising concern that the volume of cases that must be investigated will delay announcement of a winner and formation of a new government.)

  • DennisQ

    We Americans claim to be big advocates of democracy, but when powerful incumbents like Karzai or Ahmadinejad manipulate the outcomes, we don’t dare say anything. In Afghanistan, it’s an Afghan problem. In Iran, it’s an Iranian problem.
    The reason we’re engaged in armed struggles in Iraq and Afghanistan is to promote the stability that comes with popularly elected government. But if we can’t influence these societies enough to ensure legitimate elections, why bother? I guess it only begs the question of what these campaigns are really all about. The story changes over time, and spreading democracy is the current favorite.

  • Amir Goy

    Perhaps it has finally dawned on the man in the street that the stated reasons for US/NATO presence in his country are every bit as bogus and fraudulent as ‘Unocal’ Karzai’s lofty campaign imagery…

  • Spaniard

    Your troops and our troops are fighting for a fraud. And they don’t even try to cover it anymore.

  • Stella

    Yesterday I heard a soldier on TV say that he was keeping the Afghanis safe.
    What a world, what a world.

  • sdean7855

    I said it before: Afghanistan is a land, not a country. It has never really been one, nor been conquered in 3000 years. It has never had a strong central government; even the Taliban was more a collective than a governement. Being there is madness, and Karzai will eventually go the way of all would-be leaders of that land throughout history: overthrown. A “ruler” there is either weak, ineffectual and ignored and reaching for power and eventually overthrown.

  • yg

    karzai gets to stay but van jones had to go.

  • yg

    What are our troops fighting for?
    And its 1,2,3 what are we fighting for?
    Don’t ask me I don’t give a damn,
    The next stop is afghanistan.

  • lq

    Clouds on the horizon….

  • lytom

    Frame of the picture holding Karzai will not hold up against the popular revolt.
    The puppet put in by the empire has feet of clay. Karzai was a contact for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and was in November 2001 flown by American forces out of Afghanistan for his own protection. The “democratic” elections are farce and affront and they happen to be paid for be the empire in blood.

  • MeToo

    The man on the street is thinking that Karzai looks well fed. All that is missing are the offerings of food on the poster to completely humiliate his sense of national respect (or person-hood.) He might even be wondering what he has sacrificed for the false hope of safety? I’ll bet this man on the street is nearly the same age as Karzai- but life in war ravaged Afghanistan can be a cruel rocky path, or one strewn with poppies I suppose.

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