By N.S. Palmer, Ph.D.
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.
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