[Marxism] Afghanistan: Anatomy Of A Hit
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Fri Jul 29 14:37:13 MDT 2011
Afghanistan: Anatomy Of A Hit
Conn Hallinan July 23, 2011
The assassination of Ahmed Wali Karzai in Kandahar July 12 is one of those
moments when the long and bloody Afghanistan war suddenly comes into focus.
It is not a picture one is eager to put up on the wall. Karzai, a younger
half brother (because their father had multiple wives) of Afghan President
Hamid Karzai, was the Kabul government's viceroy in southern Afghanistan.
What his nickname, "the king of Kandahar," translates into is "warlord." He
controlled everything from the movement of drugs to the placement of car
sales agencies. Want to open a Toyota dealership? See "AWK," as he was also
known, and come with a bucket load of cash.
AWK's power, according to the Financial Times, "lay in a mafia-style network
of oligarchs and loyal elders, funded, according to U.S. media reports, by
heroin trafficking." He was also on the CIA's payroll. No truck moved
through the south without paying him a tax. No United Nations or North
Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) projects could be built without his
okay. In case someone didn't get the message, his Kandahar Strike Force
Militia explained it to them. Next to AWK, Al Capone was a small-time
pickpocket. And he was our guy.
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