It's Good To Have The King

The old civil and ethnic battles are roiling Afghanistan once again and causing concern for interim President Hamid Karzai. At least twice his palace guards have opened fire--on each other. The Foreign Minister is trying to undermine his own deputy. And while the U.S. attempts to shore up stability, its campaign in the provinces--arming local warlords who profess loyalty to the war against terror--could have dangerous consequences. Says a Karzai adviser: "The U.S. is creating mini-armies around the country which are detrimental to Karzai."

All of which makes Karzai's mission to Rome later this week especially important. He is going there...

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