今週コーネル大で開かれたスワモスでの、スティーブ・ビドル博士のイラクに関するスピーチ。興味のある方へ。

http://sunburntsky.blogspot.com/2008/07/stephen-biddle-on-iraq-cu-swamos.html

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今週、読んでいてドキドキする新聞記事に久しぶりに遭遇した。アフガニスタンのカルザイ政権、そしてカルザイ本人の腐敗ぶりを明確にする素晴らしき暴露精神。本来なら今週末印刷の予定だったがニューヨークタイムズ紙もそれまで待てなかったようだ。

Is Afghanistan a Narco-State?
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/27/magazine/27AFGHAN-t.html?_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&oref=slogin

少し抜粋すると…。

"The attorney general, who was just fired, told me he had a list of 20 corrupt officials who he was not allowed to prosecute."

"He [Mr Karzai] perceives that there are certain people he cannot crack down on and that it is better to tolerate a certain level of corruption than to take an aggressive stand and lose power."

↑よく分かるよ。

Mr Karzai was manipulating his Western allies and "playing us like a fiddle."

まとめ↓

"The US would spend billions of dollars on infrastructure development; the US and its allies would fight the Taliban; Karzai's friends could get richer off the drug trade; he could blame the West for his problems; and in 2009 he would be elected to a new term."