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U.N. Envoy ‘Worried’ About Afghanistan

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Posted on Jan 6, 2010
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Kai Eide, the U.N.’s outgoing envoy to Afghanistan.

His term as the United Nations’ official envoy to Afghanistan is up in March, and in his last address to the world body Kai Eide didn’t sound especially optimistic about the state of the country. In fact, Eide said Wednesday, if certain “negative trends” he sees at work “are not reversed,” the situation in Afghanistan could “become unmanageable.”  —KA

BBC:

Mr Eide told the UN that “negative trends” included growing impatience among the public both inside and outside Afghanistan.

“I am worried about increasing frustration in the Afghan public over what they see as expectations that have not been met.

“And I’m worried about the difficulties of the international and Afghan forces in putting the insurgency on the defensive.

“If these negative trends are not reversed - and reversed soon - then there is a risk that they will… become unmanageable.”

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By dihey, January 7, 2010 at 2:39 pm Link to this comment

Have you noticed that Western diplomats and leaders always want situations elsewhere to be “manageable”? What they really mean is “management by us”.

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By drbhelthi, January 7, 2010 at 10:53 am Link to this comment

Since when was the situation in Afghanistan manageable?

When we take a closer look, we see that none of the countries
the US has invaded since WWII attacked the US. However, the
only one that has attacked the US, the USS Liberty affair, was
excused by president Lyndon Johnson. Yet, AWACs recorded the
israeli radio conversations, which reveal that the pilots knew
the USS Liberty was an unarmed US ship. The USS Cole was
similar, different president. Perhaps Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan,
Palestine and a few others need the assistance of the AIPAC PR
machine, and a couple trillion loan from the israeli Federal
Reserve?

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By Sean01, January 6, 2010 at 7:00 pm Link to this comment

Indeed.  This is the second of two invasions of countries that never once attacked us…. 

Mr. Obama: You don’t fight terrorism by illegally invading countries…or, conversely, by supporting invasions manufactured by the Cheney Administration.

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By Thong-girl, January 6, 2010 at 6:42 pm Link to this comment

“Bugsplat” is the metaphor used by CIA and Pentagon motherfuckers to estimate the number of children who are blown to pieces with our approval and tax dollars.  It should be the first question asked of every single U.S. lowlife scumbag politician and journalist when they speak to every single worthless politician in this country.  We kill babies and we do it so well that we estimate the number of children that we blow to pieces to protect our precious capitalist lives.  Proud?

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By lichen, January 6, 2010 at 4:14 pm Link to this comment

Worried?  What about fired up to prosecute the scumbag US military men and women who illegally break into civilian homes in the middle of the night and murder Afghan schoolboys?  If you don’t bring these NATO murderers to justice, then you should that YOU will end up in the Hague, hypocritical insensate!

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