It is better to travel alone than with a bad companion.

Filed in Current affairs, foreign affairs by on November 2, 2009 0 Comments

Very few political leaders have the sense to avoid chaos. Many do politics as a way to be rich and powerful, others to serve their people.

Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, former Afghan foreign minister, withdrew from the November 7 presidential run-off. It is a great move for two reasons: to avoid another painful division in his country where tribalism is still strongly in people’s minds and because President Hamid Karzai is clearly still the choice of the West.

What was the point of going to a second round against an ex-CIA agent whose entourage has been accused of corruption if not to give him some sort of legitimacy in the eyes of the West, especially the U.S.?

All the options have been put on the table in Afghanistan for a government of national unity. The truth is, it does not always work. Mixing bad apples with good apples is just bad. As the Wolof of Senegal say, “It is better to travel alone than with a bad companion.”

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