02 February 2007

A long, hard road to democracy

You don't turn a 15th century feudal theocracy into a democratic state overnight... but that doesn't mean it isn't worth the fight.

And there are the usual setbacks...

For instance, the Afghani parliament has once again managed to cover itself in glory.

KABUL - Afghanistan's warlord filled parliament has come under criticism after passing a bill granting immunity from prosecution to all Afghans involved in the country's 25 years of conflict, despite calls by human rights groups and the United Nations for war crimes trials.

Parliamentary officials said it covers Mullah Mohammad Omar and other Taliban figures, as well as former prime minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a warlord who now heads his own militant group, and several sitting members of parliament and senior government officials.
Hey... if it was easy, Bill Clinton could have done it.

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