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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Tooryalai Wesa
Taliban militants opened fire Tuesday on a delegation of senior Afghan officials — including two of President Hamid Karzai's brothers — visiting villages in southern Afghanistan where a U.S. soldier is suspected of killing 16 civilians.
A suicide bomber hiding explosives in his turban blew himself up inside a mosque Thursday during a memorial service for the assassinated half brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, officials said. At least five people were killed in the attack, which added weight to fears that security would unravel with the death of southern Afghanistan's most powerful man.
President Hamid Karzai's half brother, the most powerful man in southern Afghanistan and a lightning rod for criticism of corruption in the government, was assassinated Tuesday by a close associate. His death leaves a dangerous power vacuum in the south just as the government has begun peace talks with insurgents ahead of a U.S. withdrawal.
Afghan security forces on Sunday surrounded a small group of insurgents who barricaded themselves inside a hotel on the second day of clashes in the southern city of Kandahar, an Interior Ministry spokesman said.
The Taliban unleashed a major assault Saturday on government buildings throughout Afghanistan's main southern city, an attack that cast doubt on how successful the U.S.-led coalition has been in its nearly yearlong military campaign to establish security and stability in the former Taliban stronghold.
The longest serving governor of Kandahar, Wesa says he has watched a well-intentioned international community pour billions of dollars into Afghanistan, much of it meant to provide education but it missed the mark because they didn’t first consult with Afghans.
There’s little long-term work for the school's new graduates in Afghanistan and that makes them easy recruits for the Taliban, says Wesa.