There are occasions in which President Karzai of Afghanistan actually makes a good point, but all too frequently he misses the real issue. Last week American helicopters fired rockets at a group of Taliban militants only to discover they had killed nine boys out gathering wood for their families. His office issued a statement: “President Karzai said that only regrets is not sufficient and also mentioned that civilian casualties during military operations by coalition forces is the main reason for tension in relations betwen Afghanistan and the United States.” A point well taken.
But, the real issue is why–ten years after driving out the Taliban– is there no honest, effective government in Afghanistan? Why is there need for coalition forces? Why isn’t the struggle to deal with the Taliban handled by Afghan troops? If Karzai ran an honest and efficient government there would be no need for foreign troops on the soil of his land.