President Hamid Karzai wants to negotiate with the Taliban. Negotiate with the war criminals, even Mullah Mohammed Omar.
Hamid Karzai is a forked-tongued two-facer. He's been practicing Taqiyya all along, using us and our money.
How dare he? The Taliban provided Osama bin Laden with a place from which to plot the 9/11 attacks. Now he's telling us to leave the perpetrators alone. How dare he?
He's playing us for fools.
It is hard to find anyone with a good word to say about Karzai’s government, which has become a byword for corruption. Yet most diplomats expect him to win the elections on August 20, partly because his opposition is so divided — there are 41 candidates — and partly because of some canny negotiating. He has brought on board a number of potential rivals.
To the horror of many in the international community, his slate includes warlords such as Marshal Mohammad Fahim and General Abdul Rashid Dostum. Both have received US support in the fight to oust the Taliban. But Dostum is a whisky-drinking Uzbek who has been known to rip his enemies in two by strapping them to tanks moving in opposite directions.
Karzai insisted that he would emerge the victor if the election was “free and fair”. It seemed a strange remark from a man with all the resources of the government at his disposal.