UN Ignores Afghanistan's Election Concerns
1:26 PM, Sep 16, 2009 • By BILL ROGGIO
All is not well at the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan as the top diplomats battle over handling the result of the country's highly contested presidential election. The Times Online reported that the top UN representative kicked out a senior American aide after he took a tough stand on the treatment of the election results.
The short of it is that Galbraith wants a recount that will essentially ensure President Karzai won't win the election with a majority, thus forcing a second round of voting. Eide wants to defer to Karzai, essentially conceding that he is going to win and helping to smooth over future interactions. The problem is that many Afghans view the election as illegitimate, and by default, the UN and NATO will be viewed as backing an illegitimate government. This is the worst case scenario, as foreign forces are granted legitimacy to operate from the host government. If the UN and NATO are seen as backing an illegitimate government, the real winners here will be the Taliban.