Saturday, September 25, 2004

Surprising progress in Afghanistan 

Oxblog features an extended and detailed post from its "swashbuckling Afghan correspondent." The tone is arrestingly optimistic, considering how pessimistic many experts on the country have been:
A quick update on the imminent elections – the October ones, not the November ones. The last few months have been a thrilling and astonishing time for Afghanistan. A Karzai victory remains the most likely outcome on October 9, but the implications of that victory look rather different now than they did at the beginning of the year.

First: the clear losers of this election are the Taliban, al-Qaeda, and rebels against the Kabul government. With just over two weeks remaining before the Afghan presidential elections, the malcontents have already lost.

Read the whole thing.


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