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40+ year old former teacher, linguist, interrogator, soldier, and lastly convict. We all do stupid things every once and awhile. I am an economic conservative and a firm believer in civil rights. Starting a new life now and frankly not sure what I am going to be doing.

28 September 2005

More news from Afghanistan

Afghan Interior Minister to Resign
The Interior Minister of Afghanistan is going to step down. Ali Ahmad Jalali says he wants to resume his academic career in the US.
This is the official story. The rumors surrounding the event say that Jalali is unhappy with the governments plan to appoint various former military and ethnic leaders (read Warlords) to posts within the government.
Jalali had been a leader in the fight against the Soviets and an instructor in the Afghan military. In the late 80s he emigrated to the US and became a US citizen in 1987. He was a reporter for Voice of America prior to accepting the position of Minister of the Interior in the Karzai government in 2002. His wife and children continue to live in Maryland.
You will recall my earlier comments on the facility with which Afghans change sides and accept others that do so. It appears that Mr. Jalali has been americanized in that respect.
Interestingly enough he is not the only US citizen to serve in the Afghan Government.
His departure is unfortunate because the afghan government really needs some people who are not directly tied to the anti taliban war. Who can resist the endemic urge to give a hand to old allies. Even when those old allies are not people who should be running governments. You should never let the guys with the guns make the rules .

4 Comments:

Blogger Adrian said...

Its a pity.

Good and valid points EXMI. I hope all the best for Afghanistan, they deserve peace and stability after all they have lived through.

1:34 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

That's too bad. Would be nice to see something go right there, especially considering they've been highly volatile since '79 (and probably way before that, my history of that country is very weak).

8:49 PM  
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7:40 AM  
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12:25 AM  

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