Karzai’s Comments Understated

While everyone is reeling from President Karzai’s comments in his speech of 10 March and his remarks a few days later in Helmand province, the Ulema Council has released a statement that adds salt to the freshly opened wounds. By using the term kafir (infidel) in reference to US and NATO personnel, they have raised the level of rhetoric from inflammatory to incendiary.

Here is the treatment in the 17 March 2013 edition of Daily Outlook Afghanistan;

Ulema Council’s Inflammatory Statement

It will be curious to see how this story is handled in the Western press. Outlook Afghanistan seems to view this as crisis manufacturing in the run-up to the elections in 2014. The Ulema comments certainly won’t foster public opinion toward increasing NATO troop or funding commitments after 2014.



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