Sunday, May 30, 2004
Afghan visitors at OSU

you asked me to post something about the meeting with the visiting Afghans:

Well, interesting to note that all the visitors were Pushtun, and previously had links with the Taliban. They're all from provinces that are troublespots today (southern and eastern A'stan). One of them is still a member of the Hizb-e-Islami, and another a member of the Jama'at-e-Islami. Currently, a faction of the Hizb-e-Islami, lead by Farooqi) are trying to come to a rapproachment with Karzai (and the US in general). The US is trying to involve certain pre-"liberation" establishment elements in A'stan, just like it is trying to involve some Ba'athists in Iraq. Parliamentary and Presidential elections in A'stan have been postponed to September. The above persons are supposedly on a visit to the US to learn about democracy, law and order, etc. But its obviously more than that. Some of my more pointed questions were given evasive treatment, and one of the interpreters openly told me that he didn't believe a word one of the guys was saying.

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