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What next for Afghanistan?

A former presidential candidate calls Hamid Karzai's re-election illegal as around 600 UN staff are moved out for their safety. What is the way forward for Afghanistan?

Dr Abdullah Abdullah, speaking for the first time since Mr Karzai was declared the victor, said the government would lack the legitimacy needed to deal with problems like corruption and terrorism.

Meanwhile, the UN says it will temporarily evacuate 600 "non-essential" international staff from the country while it bolsters its security measures.

The UN has around 1,300 international staff based in Afghanistan.

What does this mean for the country? Is a coalition or unity government possible? Was Abdullah Abdullah right to pull out of the run-off? Are you in Afghanistan?

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Published: Sunday, 1 November, 2009, 07:22 GMT 07:22 UK

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Added: Thursday, 5 November, 2009, 11:08 GMT 11:08 UK

I am writing to someone called bob todd, who called all afghans barbaric. I just wanted to say its something really unfair. I am an afghan, I am an application developer, I don't think I have anything less than any civilized man in this world, to be called so.

I really cant understand whats going on in afghanistan. its all in a mess. But personally(and there are thousands like me) I haven't done anything bad to be called barbar or to deserve what we have today in afghanistan.

yoon, kabul

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Added: Thursday, 5 November, 2009, 11:08 GMT 11:08 UK

It is a lost cause, thoroughly ungovernable with a fraudulently elected president right under NATO's noses. NATO should either go in there mob handed or be withdrawn. The crossroad has been reached. No pussy footing around the edges or get out!
This will no doubt be a cause for celebration for the Muslims in this country, if they do, just arrest and deport them, no trial shove them in an RAF transport, fly to the capital, open the rear doors and climb steeply over their Government!

[shortyandthefuzz], southampton, United Kingdom

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Added: Thursday, 5 November, 2009, 10:57 GMT 10:57 UK

Abdullah's decision to pull out of runoff is not sagacious.It has plunged the country into political instability.It created an uncertainty for the country's democracy. Two prominent leaders disagree even on crucial national issues.UN decision to evacuate 600 international staff has further emboldened Abdullah to take to mobocracy and incite Taleban.As a winner, Karzai is unlikely to agree to a coalition or union Govt. Both leaders should be motivated to participate in a UN supervised runoff.

Ahsan Sarkar, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Added: Thursday, 5 November, 2009, 10:57 GMT 10:57 UK

The UN, NATO, the US and all others must realise that having engaged in war they cannot expect to win them all. Admit failure and withdraw. Putting servicemen/womens life at risk for a lost cause is unforgivable.

[isthebaropen], Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Added: Thursday, 5 November, 2009, 10:41 GMT 10:41 UK

The central government can claim little loyalty amongst Afghans.Could it be worse if the country was massively decentralised; federalised into many small units, so the map would look like Germany after the disintegration of the Holy Roman Empire? The UN would then prevent any interstate any warfare. Local officials close to their populace would be more accountable. Some states would fail disastrously others would be successful and take over the neighbouring failed ones - survival of the fittest

Simian, Stockholm

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Added: Thursday, 5 November, 2009, 10:41 GMT 10:41 UK

We are there now there can be no going back thats impossible.If we withdraw now Taliban will have victory over us plus the afghans who belive in the west will resent us for our withdraw.Only option is to get tough wipe out corruption and start take the fight to Taliban.Take the gloves off and fight a counter insurgency war how it should be fought not all the liberal thinking that at moment is getting Britains finest men an women killed.Remember the soviets would won here if not for US money.

Wayne, Lincoln

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Added: Thursday, 5 November, 2009, 10:26 GMT 10:26 UK

What next for Afghanistan? Just imagine the only viable
form of protest against this war -- it's financial! If every worker
in the US and UK were to NOT go to work for just one
pre-arranged day, both nations would grind to a halt.
The workers are paying taxes to finance this bloodshed --
let them withhold the funds. All of the sincere street protests
mean nothing. Cut the puppet-strings held by the politicians.

Rosemary Gilbert, San Francisco

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Added: Thursday, 5 November, 2009, 10:24 GMT 10:24 UK

Opinions from various corners are heard in Afghanistan and outside it, "Why Mr. Karzai is not disappearing from the scene of politics for whom, it is guessed and understood, all disbalancing things are happening in the country."

Further they comment saying, "His resignation, foreign troops' withdrawal and a fresh free and fair election would be most appropriate step towards restoring peace and harmony in the country."

ARShams Reflection, Pakistan

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Added: Thursday, 5 November, 2009, 10:15 GMT 10:15 UK

Karzai will go further with his corrupt governmet.
Obama is illogical wenn he says, Karzai must open a new chapter.
We ordenary Afghans know that NATO an USA will stay despite corruption, drugs and etc.. for their won stratigic intressts.
This is the trumpcard of Karzai and most Afghans including Abdullah who works with foreigenrs.

Khwaja Kader, Kabul

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Added: Thursday, 5 November, 2009, 10:07 GMT 10:07 UK

This morning I was watching BBC 'Breakfast'. This great lady was giving some faceless minister a grilling on this very subject. He was defending our presence their with the old" we are stopping terrorists in terroist camps". B S!
Locate the camps with satelites and nuke 'em!
Withdraw from an ungrateful country that isn't capable of having a democratic election let alone a democracy.
We are sending great lads and lasses to the slaughter under the guise of lies and deciet. Why are we there?!

Zini, Cardiff

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Added: Thursday, 5 November, 2009, 10:01 GMT 10:01 UK

What lacks legitimacy in Afghanistan is not Mr Karzai but the occupying forces of the US, UK and NATO whose main objective is neither anti terrorism nor the reconstruction of the country nor democracy.

It is to control the country either directly or via a puppet government so as to access oil supplies from central Asia and consolidate permanent military bases for strategic reasons.

When a Mr Karzai show signs of independence, support is channelled to another candidate.

George Roussopoulos, United Kingdom

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Added: Thursday, 5 November, 2009, 09:47 GMT 09:47 UK

Afghanistan and Pakistan, two of the most confused and messed up countries ever, have no chance of making any progress until the majority of their own citizens take charge by deciding their own fate. The Islamic fundamentalism they live by almost guarantees endless turmoil and bloodshed. Perhaps they should be allowed to collapse without trying to save them. Nothing has really worked for decades to make strong independent nations out of these places!

Ivan Bawa, HOUSTON, United States

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Added: Thursday, 5 November, 2009, 09:44 GMT 09:44 UK

What next for Afghanistan indeed! This country lives and breathes medieval tribalism. Democracy is a long way off and will have to come from within. We cannot, as we see everyday with every soldier's death, impose our system on them. Their puppet President is only there because we're supporting and protecting him. Outside Kabul, he's a dead man. We haemorrhage men and money and the poppy growers carry on as normal feeding drugs into the West and funding the Taliban. What next? Our departure!

Eleanor, Glasgow

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Added: Thursday, 5 November, 2009, 09:36 GMT 09:36 UK

Send in the SAS and target the Taliban. It's true, our Troops do fight with one hand tied behind their backs. The SAS would prove supreme!

[glorioustopcat], Pocklington, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

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Added: Thursday, 5 November, 2009, 09:30 GMT 09:30 UK

The answer is to stop the poppy production and export of drugs. This is where the money to fuel the conflict is coming from. We have had years to tackle this and I don't believe we have offered the Afghan farmers a real alternative. What about crops for bio-fuels?

Paul Andrews, Chippenham, United Kingdom

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