Tuesday, June 18, 2002

Afghanistan is holding its traditional democratic forum, a loya jirga. It is obvious to the delegates that this forum is a sham engineered by U. S. oil oligarchs to install a former executive of a U. S. oil company as leader of the country in order to run it entirely for the purposes of enriching the U. S. oil company interests at the expense of everyone else. In other words, it is exactly the same as the last American election. Unlike the Americans, however, the Afghans actually care about their democracy and more than half the delegates have walked out of the loya jirga in protest. The key unsolved issues are the representative structure of the legislative body and the composition of the new cabinet. Of course, a proper resolution of both these issues might help to lessen the control that the U. S.-stooge leader will have over the country.