Sunday, April 04, 2004

THE HOWLING GULBUDDIN: Gulbuddin Hekmatyar may be cruel and vicious, but that doesn't mean he's stupid. (Only the bright minds attend the Faculty of Engineering at Kabul University.) Latest rumor has it that Gulbuddin wants to stop fighting altogether--until recently he only called upon his followers only to kill foreigners on--and participate in the Afghanistan's presidential elections in September. [Does that mean Bush's plan to spread democracy has worked?--ed. You be the judge of that depending on your political leanings.] Gulbuddin already held talks with Jamiat-e-Islami's Burhanuddin Rabbani in 2003. Gulbuddin's delegation is set to meet with Rabbani, Ustad Abdul Rasul Sayyaf and Qasim Fahim.

As I wrote a couple of months ago, "He has his own agenda and works for himself." So what if Gulbuddin really will break off his relationship with the al-Qaeda and Taliban types? Will he continue to enjoy the support of Hizb-e-Islami's followers? Unlikely, and since Gulbuddin's Pastun family comes from none of the major tribes, it's hard to imagine him enjoying any strong support.

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