Posted by: N.S. Palmer | April 3, 2010

The Hamid Karzai Death Watch

By N.S. Palmer, Ph.D.

Hamid Karzai

Hamid Karzai, current president of Afghanistan and former C.I.A. asset, is getting to be a pain in the butt to his Western sponsors.

Using its 9/11 false-flag attack as an excuse, the Bush-Cheney regime invaded Afghanistan in 2001 because its Taliban government had proven to be an unreliable partner for oil companies that wanted to build a pipeline through the country. In 2004, it installed Karzai as its client ruler of Afghanistan.

Just like the Shah of Iran, Karzai’s job was to represent Western governments and oil companies, while keeping the lid on a population that wanted invading armies kicked out of the country.

Karzai has never been able to keep the population down very well, but in Afghanistan, nobody could do that. Lately, he’s been tweaking the noses of his Western sponsors by making anti-Western speeches and inviting Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for a state visit. The corruption and incompetence of his regime are obvious to everyone, including the Afghan people.

Karzai’s Western sponsors don’t like that. And the Afghan people, who know he was put into power by the Bush-Cheney regime, are unlikely to be placated by his new gestures of independence. They would probably agree with former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill:

It is the primary right of men to die and kill for the land they live in, and to punish with exceptional severity all members of their own race who have warmed their hands at the invaders’ hearth.

(A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Book 1, Chapter 2)

Karzai stays in power only because the American military is there to protect him. If and when that protection disappears, the Afghan people will tear him to pieces. Moreover, Western governments have a long history of assassinating colonial rulers who become too independent or ineffective.

If Western governments decide to get rid of Karzai, and the Afghan people try for him at the same time, it could resemble the film “The Pink Panther Strikes Again,” in which dozens of assassins simultaneously tried to kill the hapless Inspector Clouseau.  Except that Clouseau was guaranteed to survive the attacks.

I’m not saying it should happen. But if Hamid Karzai departs this world in the near future, it won’t surprise me at all.

Copyright 2010 by N.S. Palmer. May be reproduced as long as byline, copyright notice, and URL ( are included.


  1. The West will never achieve the potential of its promises and principles while it still insists that people insufficiently like it in terms of governance, belief, and typical complexion are legitimate targets for fiat violence and invasion. But one day, when the worm turns… what will we do? How can we use the account of our actions and our shared history as a defence? As Robert Bolt so wonderfully put it in A Man for All Seasons:

    William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!

    Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?

    William Roper: Yes, I’d cut down every law in England to do that!

    Sir Thomas More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ’round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man’s laws, not God’s! And if you cut them down, and you’re just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake!

    • Hi, LP —

      Thanks for the thoughtful comment! You and I think alike about that. In fact, I even have “A Man for All Seasons” on DVD. The lines you quotes are some of my favorites.

      I don’t know what to make of humanity. People A kill People B for some high-sounding but utterly bogus reason, then People B kill People A on the same basis. Oh, well. Maybe it’s all just to test our ability to stay positive in spite of it all. 🙂

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