Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Hekmatyar offered an out?

The Government of Afghanistan's President H. Karzai is being cited as having offered warlord Gulbaddin Hekmatyar a piece of the pie and a way to save his miserable hide, so reports the Sunday Times of London: Bring representatives of Hezb-i-Islami (Hekmatyar's front) into the government on the condition that they lay down arms; G. Hekmatyar himself goes for a 3-year vacation in Saudi Arabia, and; after that period of time the lot of them get removed from the "U.S. Terrorist List".

Presumably, they mean the U.S. State Department List of Foreign Terrorist Organizations, but there are some other parts of this that don't quite make sense...

. The GovAfghanistan doesn't get to say what group is or isn't on that list.

.. Hekmatyar-and-company are on the hook with the French for attacking French troops, in addition to holding most-wanted status in the eyes of the American Forces and the Afghan National Army.

... and Hekmatyar is himself an arch-enemy of the Karzai-led political faction.

This is all just has to be one of those "somebody is playing with the media" games (like saying there are "moderate Taliban willing to negotiate").

The question is: Why is Hamid Karzai willing to play this game?

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