Important parliamentary elections are running currently in Afghanistan.The second elections since the invasion in 2001 are happening in the midst of the killing spree happening there, the Taliban threats for the Afghans, the very few participants in these elections, and the prevailing chronic corruption.
UN officials and some diplomats are optimistic about these elections. They praise the new measurements taken to prevent fraud from happening. However, many journalists and analysts who have spoken with the Afghans civilians assure that these elections are being manipulated. Many Afghans are being threatened and the fraud happens in front of them, but they can’t do anything to stop this. Many observers point out that these elections aren’t accountable at all. Chaos is the theme in Afghanistan, not now only but since a long time ago.
Hailing the “Afghan courage” has been common lately despite the prevailing chaos there. Gen. David Petraeus said lately that the Afghans through these elections “sent a message to Taliban”, and that the Taliban forces have withdrew in the south. Also, the UN secretary general said that these elections show that the democracy in Afghanistan is still hopeful.
On the other hand, the NATO declared that the number of attacks have risen during the elections significantly. This is supported by the news which says that 3 NATO soldiers were killed yesterday. Also, yesterday, 7 American soldiers were killed. A UN report showed that the number of civilian casualties rose by 31% in 2010. Besides, the Afghani president, Hamid Karzai, said that the military American strategy should be revised as the number of casualties is rising fast. However, Obama will meet with the NATO secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen,on Tuesday in the White House to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.
The question here isn’t; is there going to be fraud in the elections because there will be and everyone knows that. But the question is; where is the United States in all of that? Afghanistan is occupied by the United States and thus it’s under the American administration.
Another question is; isn’t the United States there to end the existence of Taliban, rescue the Afghans, and promote democracy? Then where is this democracy? And how is it promoted in the midst of a fake elections campaign?