Thursday, July 28, 2011

"Linchpin of the English-Speaking World"

A brutal interview with Winston Churchill
Marvin Mellowbell, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

"Canada is the linchpin of the English-speaking world. Canada, with those relations of friendly, affectionate intimacy with the United States on the one hand and with her unswerving fidelity to the British Commonwealth and the Motherland on the other, is the link which joins together these great branches of the human family, a link which, spanning the oceans, brings the continents into their true relation and will prevent in future generations any growth of division between the proud and the happy nations of Europe and the great countries which have come into existence in the New World."

Q. Mr. Churchill, you have been dead for over 40 years, and the quotation I have given you is in fact 70 years old, and followed soon after your meeting with FDR in Placentia Bay Newfoundland, where the foundations of the Atlantic Charter were laid. How do you see the Charter in retrospect?

A. I would unsay nothing that I have said.

Q. And yet, NATO is tottering on the brink in Afghanistan.

A. The folly has been imagining the Atlantic to lap the shores of Afghanistan which, as is widely known, has no shores at all.

Q. What would be your counsel?

A. If in the event that Afghanistan cannot be removed to the Atlantic, or the Atlantic to Afghanistan, the two should go their seperate ways, untroubled by interventions of the United Nations.

Q. The United Nations have intervened in Afghanistan for ten years.

A. So I have been told. My own experience of Afghanistan was a merry one, but I would not recommend it to others as a wise course for international relations.

Q. What advice would you now have for Canada?

A. Intimacy with the United States is no excuse for madness. Friends must speak frankly to one another. The Afghanistan intervention has been madness. If it is not so discussed, the madness will go on.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Lord James of Blackheath on the benefits of multiculturalism

From Hansard, Thursday, October 21, 2010

1.40 pm

Lord James of Blackheath: My Lords, I too thank the noble Baroness, Lady Valentine, for procuring this debate. I have to say that those who follow me might wish to add a rider to their own congratulations, deploring the fact that she did not stop me speaking, because we had a conversation in advance in which I told her that I had absolutely nothing to contribute to this debate, given that I have no experience of immigration

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or multiculturalism. To demonstrate that, I told her an anecdote that she thought was good enough to be repeated today, and that is what noble Lords are about to get. You must blame it on her afterwards.

My story starts in the trenches of the Somme in 1916 with a Major Alexander Crombie, who came out alive but deeply scarred from the experience and decided that he wanted to make a contribution to world peace. He took what little fortune he had and created a small academic academy with the express purpose of bringing in boys from European nations whom he could then groom for the common entrance examination and place somewhere in the public school system in Britain. This establishment prospered through even the Second World War and had arrived in 1947 at a point at which it had some 25 boys-all bright and intelligent fellows.

In parallel with that, I had been having my own educational crisis which had resulted in my being classified as mentally defective by the London education authority and sent to a school for mental defectives. My father was unamused at this and decided that I had to be removed immediately from that school and that he had to find somewhere to send me. Someone suggested that he talk to Major Crombie, who was then quite an old man. Major Crombie said, "We can't have this fellow in; he can't read and could not even do the 11-plus". My father said, "Never mind; that proves that he is a refugee from the London County Council, so you've got to have him". Crombie looked at a list and said, "What did you say your name was? James? We have 25 boys here-one for every letter of the alphabet except J. We'll take him". So I got in.

We had an amazing roll call every morning. It began with Adybaya, Baptista, Chinchialla and Dukszta, and ended gloriously with Xyrus, Yballa and Zabialski. I used to think that if I could get through life and remember the entire roll call, I would know that Alzheimer's had not yet reached me. After I had my stroke, I said this to my physician, who said, "No, old boy. You may remember all the other 25, but your trouble is when you cannot remember who the J was". So far, so good-but not for long, I am sure.

This was a remarkable gathering. We had some really fine brains in the class, but we were all under the control of a former Coldstream Guard padre called the Reverend Wynn, who was one of the great men of my life. He decided that he would have no nonsense with us at all. He was going to have a morning service or gathering. When we said, "Father, we have 17 nationalities and eight religions here, so we cannot possibly have a religious gathering in the morning", he said, "Of course you can. It does not matter which god you have-you are going to celebrate the glory of this world. Bring your god with you, whoever he is, and we will all celebrate the glory of the world together". And we did. We could not have any readings from the Bible, the Koran or anything else. He formed a committee of us to find suitable prose or a poem every day which would celebrate something of beauty in the world.

There were to be no hymns sung, so he decided-very unwisely, as it turned out-that we could all, in rotation, sing our national anthems, to which we could write our own words of a non-jingoistic nature. The honour went first to the three British boys. We decided to use

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"Pomp and Circumstance" and rewrite the words to, "Land of cut the call-up, how do we dodge this nonsense?". That did not get us any merit points. The situation completely fell to pieces when the two German Jewish refugee boys at the school decided to write their own version of "Deutschland Über Alles" and got their little bit of revenge on Germany in the process. They decided to devote the words to the most obscene account of Hermann Göring having sexual congress with a lady kangaroo, which ultimately proved fatal to him because it would not stop jumping. After that, the Reverend Wynn decided that there should be no more of that.

This extraordinary gathering of boys with huge talent had one great skill that united us. We had a lot of Eastern bloc boys among us with a huge capability at chess. We had one of the strongest chess teams that you could ever put into the field-even at the age of 11 or 12. After we got into the quarter finals of the London schools knock-out competition with a team of 12 year-olds in 1947, we asked the Reverend Wynn to issue a challenge invitation to Eton and Winchester. I do not know whether there are any Wykehamists or Etonians in this assembly, but if there are, I have to say, "Oh, what a bunch of wimps you were-you would not take the challenge". I hope that you have that to your eternal shame, gentlemen.

The gathering continued very successfully and nearly everyone in the class got into one of the better public schools. We had a wonderful time together. I am sorry that the noble Lord, Lord Giddens, is no longer present, because this is probably the antidote to his comments about multiculturalism. Oh, here he is. This is probably the noble Lord's nightmare of multiculturalism gone wrong, but it was in fact brilliant. Of the 17 nations from which we came, about half had been trying to exterminate the other half during the previous five or six years, yet everyone got on so well together because we were completely without the preconceptions instilled by too much political correctness and preconditioning as to what we ought to think of each other and how we ought to react. We were the biggest bunch of mutual support people ever gathered together in one place. Today I cannot see what the problem is with the interracial problems of immigration. We did it fine. We were young, we just got on well with each other, and that was a natural instinct. If we stop dictating to and preconditioning people, it works very well.

Source code: The Wardman Wire

PS. Don't even talk to me about abolishing the Senate.

Monday, July 25, 2011

An orderly stampede for the exits...

...and the fall of Saigon

There's a lot of hand-wringing going on about the desertion of Afghanistan by the United Nations and by all those who honourably sought to bring a just and lasting peace to that "war-torn" country.

That's one way of looking at it.

Another way of looking at it is that the "Afghanistan Mission" was a NATO operation from the beginning (and a complete crock), predicated on "self-defence" and pursued thereafter as a form of self-interest, the United Nations Security Council Resolutions (1386 et al.) serving as legal cover, but really, not even that, since "Operation Enduring Freedom" went off on its own merry way, allowing for violation of Pakistani airspace and whatever went on at Bagram air base, among other delights, all of that "blindingly obvious" violations of the UN Charter.

Furthermore, any realistic assessment of Afghan "nation building" would have required at least 500,000 UN troops on the ground, and probably double that number if they were white Christians who didn't speak any of the local languages. And even then...

Afghanistan has what is usually described as a "porous" border with Pakistan, but equally it might be said that the Afghan borders are porous to all the surrounding (Muslim) countries, and even China, that has a short but nevertheless Muslim border, of unknown porosity...

Many NATO troops have laid down their lives in Afghanistan, and even more Afghans have, all for purposes that were never honestly defined, any more than was Vietnam.

There are more than enough war crimes to go around in NATO, and at the UN. An honourable exit would be to admit a terrible mistake of policy has been made, and then to negotiate an Afghan future with all the surrounding countries (including Iran, China and Russia) that has more that a rat's ass chance of success. Negotiations will only occur, experience suggests, if the occupying troops are obviously leaving. It's time to leave, but not the way of Saigon.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Oslo - Pentagon rewrites Wall Street Journal

JULY 24, 2011, 2:26 P.M. ET.Norway Gunman Tells Lawyer Killings Were 'Necessary' .

OSLO—Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian man accused of carrying out one of the worst massacres in Europe since World War II, has taken responsibility for the rampage, telling his lawyer that the killings were "atrocious" but "necessary."

The Friday attacks, including the [IED (Improvised Explosive Device)] attack on a government building in Oslo and a shooting spree at a political youth camp on a nearby island, left at least 93 people dead in what authorities describe as a deranged attempt to declare war on the forces of multiculturalism and pluralism that have taken hold in this small Scandinavian country.

Norway's ruling center-left Labor Party, which has long championed the benefits of immigration and multiculturalism, appeared to be the primary target of the attack.

Norway, a rural country of 4.6 million roughly the size of New Mexico, has little recent history of political extremism, much less violence, and the attacks are fueling concern across Europe that swelling anti-immigrant sentiment that has swept the Continent in recent years could metastasize into violence, suddenly and unexpectedly.

Unlike other Scandinavian countries, including Sweden and Denmark, Norway doesn't have a mainstream far-right party. Mr. Breivik was once a member of Norway's conservative Progress Party, the country's second largest political party after the Labor Party. The Progress Party, which has sought to distance itself from Mr. Breivik, has taken a hard line on immigration in the past, but is less extreme than the populist anti-foreigner parties that have taken hold elsewhere in Scandinavia.

Mr. Breivik has said that he believed the actions were atrocious, but that in his head they were necessary," Geir Lippestad, Mr. Breivik's lawyer, told independent TV2 news.

A self-described anti-immigrant extremist, Mr. Breivik published a 1,500-page manifesto online on Friday in which he detailed his preparations for the attacks and his xenophobic motivations.

"Muslims must be considered as wild animals," he writes in the manifesto, the authenticity of which was confirmed by his lawyer. "Do not blame the wild animals but rather the multiculturalist category A and B traitors who allowed these animals to enter our lands, and continue to facilitate them," Mr. Breivik writes, adding that "category A and B traitors" include politicians and journalists.

Vigils and church services were held across Norway on Sunday as the shocked country tried to come to terms with the tragedy.

Norway's Prime Minister tours the site of a massacre where at least 85 people were gunned down after seven died in [an IED (Improvised Explosive Device)] blast in Oslo.

The mass shooting, which went on for more than an hour before a swat team arrived on the island, was among the deadliest yet by a lone gunman. Police were continuing to search for victims and said the death toll could rise to at least 98 when several people still missing on the island are accounted for.

Mr. Breivik, a 32-year-old Oslo resident and Norwegian citizen, was charged in the attacks on Saturday.

A police spokesman said Mr. Breivik likely traveled by car to Utoya after setting off a [Vehicle Borne-Improvised Explosive Device (VB-IED)] in central Oslo. He then used two weapons, a handgun and an automatic weapon, to shoot indiscriminately at people—most of them teens—for more than an hour before an Oslo SWAT team arrived at the scene.

The idyllic, woodsy lake island upon which Mr. Breivik descended has for decades been the site of a summer camp for the ruling Labor Party's next generation of leaders, a place that Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg described over the weekend as "the paradise of my youth."

In his online writings, Mr. Breivik saw the party youth movement and its campaigns to bring the country's immigrant youth into its fold as a manifestation of multiculturalism gone wrong and the "terrorizing of political conservatives."

With no bridges or ferries to aid the island campers' escape, Mr. Breivik had the time to wander the tiny island's woods and rocky shore to methodically hunt and shoot down his prey. As initial shots and screams were heard on one part of the island, eyewitnesses said many teens hid in the woods until a man wearing a policeman's uniform arrived, telling them it was okay to come out.

When they did, he mowed them down. Adrian Pracon, a 21-year-old former camper who had returned this summer to work in its information booth, recalls running through the woods and jumping in the water with dozens of others to escape to the mainland. But his clothes grew too heavy with water and forced him back to shore, where Mr. Breivik was.

"I begged him not to shoot me, and he didn't," Mr. Pracon said in a telephone interview from his bed in a nearby hospital. "He wanted to shoot the people still in the water first." By then, he said Mr. Breivik had switched to firing single rounds, presumably to save bullets. "He was so cold and concentrated," as he continued to walk and shoot the fleeing teens, Mr. Pracon said.

When the gunman returned an hour later to where he and nearly 20 others remained lying behind rocks along the shore, Mr. Pracon said he played dead while the shooter killed nearly everyone around him, turning the water red with blood. The shooter put a bullet in Mr. Pracon's shoulder to see if he was still alive, "but I didn't move," the 21-year-old said.

"It was just one 11-year-old boy he spared," he said. "The boy was crying because his father had already been killed and said, 'You've already done enough,' to the man. That's the only thing that stopped him."

Police said that when they found him on the island, Mr. Breivik surrendered immediately to authorities and was answering questions, adding that the interrogation was likely to continue for several days.

The initial alarm of an explosion in Oslo came in at 3:26 p.m. local time, while the shooting was first reported to Oslo police at 5:38 p.m. It took police 40 minutes to arrive at the mainland dock to the island and about another 50 minutes before the suspect was apprehended. The 90-minute response time has opened the police to accusations that their slow reaction cost more lives.

Emergency workers attended the scene as a building burned after an explosion in Oslo, Norway, Friday.

In a threat-assessment report in March, the Norwegian Police Security Service warned of increasing activity in right-wing extremist circles but concluded that right-wing fringe groups or individuals wouldn't constitute a major threat to Norwegian society.

Though police said Mr. Breivik had told them he acted alone, they continued to follow leads that others might have been involved in the attacks. On Sunday, a SWAT team raided a house in eastern Oslo and briefly detained several people before announcing they had found no link to the attacks.

In May, Mr. Breivik bought a large amount of fertilizer in southeastern Norway from a cooperative that provides agricultural equipment and police were investigating whether the fertilizer was used to make Friday's [IED (Improvised Explosive Device)].

Thursday, July 21, 2011

House of Commons Night in Westminster

(in studio)
Welcome to an extraordinary telecast of House of Commons Night in Canada. I’m Ron Maclean, with Don Cherry beamed in from the cottage…Don, thanks for taking the time to join us tonight…

(on webcam via Skype, obviously in gazebo at cottage at night, nursing beer, horrible fluorescent light overhead and mosquito coil burning in background)
No problem, the loons were making me crazy.

We’ve seen a dramatic series of events in Britain, in the Mother of Parliaments, and we’d like your take on it.

Well of course I’d put Canada first, and I think the Europeans have a lot to learn from us…

I’m not entirely sure the British House of Commons would regard itself as “European”…

It’s all the same thing, they’re on that side of the Atlantic.

Who’s “they”?

Whatever. It’s gotta be good for the game of Parliamentary Democracy. I am as you know a huge fan of Peter Milliken and the game of Canadian parliamentary democracy, going all the way back to Sir John A. But I have to admit, the Westminster show has really got my attention. It’s everything the game should be…

I should draw our viewers’ attention to that fact you’re not talking about New Westminster in British Columbia…

…or the Salmon-Bellies…

…but rather Westminster in Britain…

…beside “the stinking Thames…”

…you’re not talking about London, Ontario…

…not exactly, no. I’m talking about London England, as described by Anthony Trollope…

Who’s Anthony Trollope?

You know, I think your horizon is a little too limited.

...but getting back to the Mother of Parliaments…

They really know how to put on a good show. I’ve gotta say, for pure entertainment, you can’t beat the British House of Commons. I like our last speaker, Peter Milliken, a gentleman and a scholar, but you can’t beat Bercow for going toe-to-toe with the hotheads in the British Commons. It’s fireworks! I’d pay good money to see it, except it’s free.

So who’s your money on? Who do you like?

Nobody. Cameron’s a suck-up, Milliband’s a wuss, and Clegg is invisible. What we need is a good, honest God-fearing communist and a front-bench clearing brawl, unless of course we could get a Winston Churchill.

What are the chances of that?

Bad, unless a real woman steps up.

So that’s it for us here at House of Commons Night in Canada, covering the developing play-off drama in Britain.

I think their problem is the warm beer.

Have you ever been to Britain?

No, but I’ve read about it. Lord Stanley didn’t appear out of nowhere.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The wild colonial boy... Britain what it deserves.

There's a lot of tearing of teeth and gnashing of beards going on in Britain over how it could have come to pass that Rupert's empire metastasized from Adelaide into the beating heart of the Mother of Parliaments. It's a no-brainer. They invited him.

Without going into tedious detail, the United Kingdom was an enabler of the bastard invasion of Iraq in 2003, based on complete fabrications of the psychopath Tony Blair, and still not owned up to by the British civil service, or politicians of the day - particularly the Labour Party in the persons of Jack Straw and Gordon Brown who were present at the deception - and yet the populace is getting all bent out of shape about phone bugging, lying, and the occasional axe murder. Meh...

There was, if memory serves, precisely one resignation from the Foreign Office prior to the invasion, and I believe her name was Elizabeth Wilmshurst. I'll check on that. Robin Cook made the corresponding prinicpled resignation from Cabinet, and it seemed to kill him.

Something is rotten in the state of Westminster and it didn't come from outside. Add up the human cost of the Iraq disaster, and get back to us.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Watan Risk Management to assume responsibility for Champlain Bridge


In a stunning and visionary combination of foreign and domestic policy, the Harper government announced that Watan Risk Management of Kandahar will now take responsibility for upgrading, and if necessary, replacing the Champlain Bridge, which is derelict.

"This is the direction Canadians have mandated for us," said an upbeat Stephen Harper. "We're getting the government out of the business of civil engineering, graft, and intimidation, and transferring it to private enterprise."

This daring new policy will build on the stunning success of Watan Risk Management (or "AWK" as it was universally known in Kandahar prior to yesterday) in managing the upgrade to the Dahla Dam, a Canadian signature project in Afghanistan co-managed with SNC-Lavalin.

"We're excited to be part on this new Canadian venture," said a spokesman for AWK, who asked for anonymity because of recent management changes. "The Champlain Bridge is in much better shape than was the Dahla when we took it over, and the security problems appear to be more than manageable."

Asked whether the company favoured a bridge replacement or a tunnel, the spokesman said that all options were on the table and it was too early to make a statement. "In general," he said, "we favour a project that takes the longest possible time with the fewest results." He added however that a further consideration in the Champlain crossing project is the efficient movement of Watan's agricultural products through Montreal ports to American markets. AWK had considered partnering with local First Nations entrepreneurs for trans-shipment to the USA, but a feasibility study showed "they just couldn't meet our requirements for scale."

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Meanwhile, back at the Dahla Dam...

...after the shoot-out in Kandahar... Canada's signature project, protected by Watan Risk Management, is a bit of a fixer-upper...

U.S. seeks firms to refurbish 33-MW Kajaki, Dahla projects in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan 6/29/11 (PennWell) --
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms capable of performing major rehabilitation work on two multi-purpose water projects in Afghanistan, 33-MW Kajaki Dam and Dahla Dam, an irrigation project with three small hydroelectric generators. Responses to separate requests are due July 7 and 17.

Kajaki (or Kajakai) Dam is on the Helmand River about 90 kilometers northwest of Kandahar. The project supplies hydropower, irrigation storage, and flood control. Built in the 1950s by Morrison-Knudsen, Kajaki has suffered from 30 years of neglect.

In 2008, British troops, backed by U.S., Canadian, and Australian forces, fought across Taliban-controlled territory for five days to deliver a 200-ton turbine to the project. The Chinese-made turbine is part of a project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development to increase the output of the Kajaki power plant.

Dahla Dam is on the Arghandab River about 34 kilometers northeast of Kandahar. The project supplies irrigation water, a small amount of hydropower, and is being considered to supply municipal water. The reservoir has lost about 30 percent of its storage capacity due to sedimentation.

In 2009, the government of Canada named a joint venture of Canadian engineering and construction group SNC-Lavalin and Canadian consulting firm Hydrosult to manage Dahla Dam rehabilitation.

The Corps' Afghanistan Engineering District-South issued sources sought notices for each project, seeking to establish lists of qualified companies that might be interested in working on the projects.

For Kajaki, the Corps seeks firms able to design, construct, inspect, install, upgrade, replace, and repair dam components to restore its functionality. The first rehabilitation program is to cover the irrigation inlet structure, house generator supply line valve, and piezometers. Responses are due July 7.

For Dahla, the Corps seeks firms able to restore storage capacity by raising the dam, saddle dikes, and spillways, and by modifying structural, hydraulic, and electro-mechanical features. Responses are due July 17.

Sources sought notices may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site,, by entering Solicitation No. W5J9LE11SS0075 in the "Keyword/Solicitation #" box for the Kajaki project and No. W5J9LE11SS0076 for the Dahla project.

For information, contact Betty Jo Spiering, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District, Kandahar, 0003 HQ HHC ARCENT Kandahar, OEF Multi-class SSF AWCF Kandahar, APO AE, AF 09355; (1) 540-667-6447; E-mail:

So a Chinese turbine was fought through some of the worst country in the world at unimagineable cost and many lives, and now lies rusting with weeds growing through it at Kajaki. At Dahla, unknown improvements by a Canadian consortium, SNC-Lavalin (which also manufactures armaments) have resulted in a contract let by the US Army Corps of Engineers, after the Canadians got run off the site by thugs with connections to the Karzai who just got zapped in Kandahar.

This whole thing would be funny if it weren't tragic, delusional, duplicitous, wasteful, and hurtful both to Afghans and Canadians.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Men Who Would Be King-Makers

Casting Call

Canada's Department of National Defence will be auditioning for roles in a Canada-Afghan co-production, "The Men Who Would Be King-Makers". Based on an authentic fairy tale from Brussels, the story is of Good versus Evil set in the stunning Afghan countryside, and shows the daring quest of a small band of white Christian infidels to erect a façade of peace, order, and good government within a sea of Muslims and warring tribal factions that speak - unbeknownst to the Christians - different languages. The story has everything: greed, power, heavy weapons, stupidity, and lust. No, there's no lust, forget we said that.

We will be seeking thousands of Afghan males aged 19-25 who can act woodenly and are willing to pretend to take orders from white guys. Ability to speak English (or French) is a disadvantage.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Portugal downgrades Moody's to junk

Portugal's finance minister said today that the country needs financial aid from the European Union. As we've reported before, Portugal's borrowing costs have ballooned after credit agencies have repeatedly slashed its credit rating. Things got worse, after the country's Parliament declined to pass a set of austerity measures. That vote led to the resignation of Prime Minister José Sócrates.

The Financial Times reports that in a statement to the daily Jornal de Negocios Finance Minister Fernando Teixeira dos Santos said this outcome could've been avoided if credit agencies were held to the same standard of accountability as governments.

"Who needs Moody's?" dos Santos asked rhetorically. "What have they ever done? Portugal has produced wine, food, navigation and Brazil. The only thing Moody's has produced is paper, and a lot of that is self evidently shoddy."

The drama continues to unfold.

Monday, July 4, 2011

The Festering Inferno

9/11 in Retrospect

Kandahar governor urges Afghans to vote
Last Updated: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 8:54 PM ET CBC News

"The Afghan-Canadian governor of Kandahar urged people to vote on Wednesday as insurgent activity continued to reverberate in the Afghan capital.

"'The security is restored. All the highways are open. All the roads are open. The police, the army and the people are in charge of the security, so there is nothing to be worried about,' Tooryalai Wesa said at a news conference."

Governor Ahmed Wali Karzai
Harper's Magazine, June 29, 2011
By Matthieu Aikins

Last Wednesday, nearly 200 tribal elders and other notables from Kandahar Province convened in the Roshan Plaza in downtown Kabul. The group was a who’s who of pro-government figures, among them Agha Lalai Dastegiri, Fazluddin Agha, and Bacha Sherzai, brother of former governor Gul Agha. They had gathered to petition President Hamid Karzai to appoint his brother Ahmed Wali Karzai as the next governor of the province. (The current leader, Afghan-Canadian Tooryalai Wesa, is widely reputed to be looking for a way out of his job.) The meeting was part of a week-long junket, and according to several people who attended, the cost, which would have been as high as several hundred thousand dollars, was paid by Ahmed Wali Karzai himself.
The capacity-building option was also the most patently absurd one, however, given that Wesa was a powerless technocrat from British Columbia with links to the Karzai family that dated to his childhood. The notion that Wesa was becoming independent from Ahmed Wali was precisely the kind of nonsense U.S. and Canadian diplomats have been feeding to journalists for the past two years.

Canadians unaware of the good news in Afghanistan: Kandahar governor
By Thane Burnett ,QMI Agency
First posted: Monday, July 4, 2011 8:18:02 CDT AM