By Matthew J. Morgan
In October 2004, greater than 8 million electorate of Afghanistan grew to become out to vote within the first democratic election within the turbulent, 5,000-year background of the rustic. This fabulous voter turnout within the face of awful threats and real bullets, rockets, and bombs was once a shout of defiance and an important setback to the previous Taliban regime and their al Qaeda allies. It was once a beautiful luck and critical leap forward for the Afghan humans and for the USA within the crusade opposed to foreign terrorism. The swap is extra dramatic than the yankee Revolution, within the aftermath of which the recent American democracy maintained a consultant type of executive just like its British roots. The swap can be extra optimistic than the French Revolution, which degenerated into tyranny and anarchy. The Afghan Revolution of democratic governance, albeit aided and guided through foreign army and political powers, is hence the most ancient occasions of our time.Written by means of a former U.S. military intelligence officer, this publication presents readers with a candid account of Afghanistan's first presidential election and its next transition to democratic self-governance. particularly, Morgan speaks to the protection equipment and the measures retaining the election. The election's safeguard strategy marked a defeat for the al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorist insurgents trying to frustrate Afghanistan's transformation right into a democratic state. Morgan's narrative of Afghan improvement is interspersed with firsthand, own bills from the author's eleven-month deployment as an officer serving within the U.S. army in Afghanistan. His stint there, embedded in the United international locations in a civilian-clothes function, allows him to put in writing from the point of view of a UN safeguard officer, providing insights past those who will be won at the battlefield.
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Even during the regime of the Taliban, Khan was able to maintain a semiautonomous Herat Province and was able to prevent his people from being subjected to the extent of poverty and repression that the Taliban-controlled southern and eastern parts of the country experienced. When Afghanistan reformed into a transitional representative government under the post-Taliban Bonn Agreement, Ismail Khan was a regional leader unwilling to release all of his power to a central government. Ismail Khan’s 0:16 P1: 000 GGBD145C02 C9999/Morgan 24 August 9, 2007 A Democracy Is Born violent conflict with an opposing regional warlord, Amanullah Khan, in the summer of 2004, did not help assuage Karzai’s doubts about this governor.
When Afghanistan reformed into a transitional representative government under the post-Taliban Bonn Agreement, Ismail Khan was a regional leader unwilling to release all of his power to a central government. Ismail Khan’s 0:16 P1: 000 GGBD145C02 C9999/Morgan 24 August 9, 2007 A Democracy Is Born violent conflict with an opposing regional warlord, Amanullah Khan, in the summer of 2004, did not help assuage Karzai’s doubts about this governor. The tensions between Khan and the Karzai administration were heightening during fall 2004 as the presidential election approached.
Like people of traditional medieval times, religion rules their life, combined with a series of irrational superstitions. Thus, efforts toward 0:16 P1: 000 GGBD145C02 C9999/Morgan 36 August 9, 2007 A Democracy Is Born religious conversion would meet strenuous resistance and arouse feelings of hostility from the tribes. Second, it is illegal for Afghans to practice Christianity. S. Army and Operation Enduring Freedom could the chaplain possibly distribute crosses and other religious paraphernalia in one of the most conservative regions of the country.