By Michael Scheuer
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34 The Alliance leaders behaved as magnanimous victors sooner than the cameras, whereas quietly and fast flooding the capital with combatants and intelligence operatives not more savory than the Taleban warring parties they changed. instead of the masters of all they surveyed, the Alliance leaders have been then—and are now—dead males strolling. because the usa did no homework at the Northern Alliance, it isn't marvelous that the Pashtun leaders the US welded to the now Fahim-led Alliance to shape a “broad-based” meantime regime amounted to extra lifeless weight and are, certainly, the kiss of demise. In so much methods, U. S. officers repeated an identical failure they engineered in Afghanistan among 1989 and 1992, while U. S. , UN, and different Western diplomats attempted to build a broad-based government—meaning non-Islamist—to substitute the Soviet–Afghan communist regime. the aim of that try was—as is today’s—to enable the barest minimal of participation within the new regime by means of the mujahideen, the uncouth, violent, religious, and bearded males who had gained the battle. Having banished those unwashed, medieval Islamists to the outer edge of politics, the diplomats meant to provide the majority of the recent government’s posts and gear to humans extra like themselves: secularized Afghans; westernized Afghans who refused to struggle for his or her state and spent a snug, self-imposed exile in Europe, India, or the us; technocrats who had labored for the Soviet and Afghan communists; tribal leaders who had emigrated to preside over refugee camps in Pakistan or Iran and keep away from being shot at; the deposed Rome-based Afghan king, his effete, Italianate entourage, and their Gucci-suited “field commanders” who by no means fired a shot; or even Najibullah, the pinnacle butcher of the just-defeated Afghan communist regime. As consistently for Western diplomats, well-coiffed males who dressed good, spoke a smattering of English or French, and shared an competitive contempt for faith, have been optimal as rulers to the hirsute males donning humorous having a look pajama-style outfits who had in basic terms fought and defeated a mass-murdering, superpower enemy in a ten-year conflict. kind over credibility whenever. Flash forward a decade and this state of affairs repeats itself with a brand new, extra ludicrous twist. This outing, an analogous U. S. , Western, and UN diplomats intend to create an period in-between executive from a fair much less credible crowd, back proving their infallible skill to select losers. Taking the dimming shadow that's the Northern Alliance—for whom U. S. intelligence officials and infantrymen received a conflict it could actually by no means have received on its own—U. S. officers further the Westernized Pashtun Hamid Karzai as chief of the recent govt. A certainly first rate, brave, and clever guy, Karzai had still absented himself from the struggle opposed to the Soviets, and in addition from the single opposed to the Taleban, until eventually he jumped in at the facet of the american citizens and their overwhelmingly robust army. without Islamist credentials and minimum tribal aid, the India-educated Karzai was once and is a guy basically adept and cozy hobnobbing with U.