(11 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
In this mornings Editorial in the NYT, the President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, is labeled as “frustrating, difficult and – as his recent anti-American rants make especially clear – not a reliable partner.” Not necessarily an inaccurate description but then the US government backed him and is now whining because he is acting as the head of a sovereign nation and criticizing the policies of the US and NATO Allies
However the main thrust of the Editorial is for Mr. Karzai to accept the “assistance” of
The International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank could all do a better job of monitoring, auditing and coordinating the billions of dollars of international aid flowing into Afghanistan.
As Jim White in the Seminal at clearly states
Oh, yes. Bringing the IMF and World Bank into the equation is “less sensitive” only to those who haven’t read Naomi Klein. For those who have read The Shock Doctrine, this move by the Times amounts to a request to declare open season for the west to exploit the vast sums of relief money flowing into Afghanistan and to then follow up by exploiting the natural resources there.
Just as the multinationals have looted the relief money that flowed into Argentina after the Allende assassination, Southeast Asia after the Tsunami, NYC after 9/11, New Orleans after Katrina, and now, Haiti, again.
Even Former president Bill Clinton said that so-called “free trade” has destroyed the ability of developing countries to even feed themselves forcing them to rely on hand outs from the US, China and the EU.
The last chapter of Ms Klein’s book describes how with the help of NGO’s the people and the government can rebuild their lives, their economy and in the process their country.
The United States and her allies need to stop meddling in the affairs if Afghanistan and let the people there get on with recovering and rebuilding or we will forever be at war and they will forever be dependent.