December 07, 2004

They Said It Couldn't Happen

Karzai sworn in:

Three years after the fall of the Taliban, Afghanistan's first popularly elected president, Hamid Karzai, was sworn in Tuesday in a dignified, heavily guarded ceremony attended by hundreds of Afghan and foreign guests, including Vice President Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.

In a brief inaugural address, Karzai expressed his thanks to the Afghan people, who defied Taliban threats to participate in largely peaceful national elections in October, and to the United States, which led the international coalition that ousted the Islamic fundamentalist regime in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

They said it couldn't be done. In fact, many of them ridiculed the very notion.

As they are with Iraq today.

2005 is going to be an amazing year.

But Karzai, 46, also made references to the challenges ahead, promising to continue the disarmament of regional militias and to curb the booming trade in opium, of which Afghanistan is now the world's leading producer.

Although the Taliban failed to make good on threats to disrupt the ceremony, Karzai reminded his audience of the continuing challenge from the militant group, whose low-level guerrilla campaign has hampered reconstruction efforts in large swaths of the country, especially in the south and east. "Our fight against terrorism is not yet over," said Karzai, 46, who dressed for the occasion in a traditional green cape and a black lambskin cap

Posted by Mitch at December 7, 2004 07:52 AM | TrackBack

I pray that progress is not destroyed in Afghanistan through the usual War on Drugs idiocy. Dirt poor rural people in Afghanistan are going to grow whatever commands the best price, and if the U.S. trys to prevent that completely natural human behavior, all the sacrifice of the past three years will be threatened. Can we really be so stupid?

Posted by: Will Allen at December 7, 2004 10:56 AM

What, you couldn't find anybody on the left who actually ridiculed the notion of Karzai getting sworn in as president, so you just posted a random link to an old Atrios archive page and hoped nobody would notice?

Posted by: Steve M. at December 7, 2004 03:55 PM

Get the facts on the Avian Flu (Bird Flu) and possibly even order some Tamiflu -

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