In the end, the 1,600-odd jirga delegates hammered out a proposal – that’s the good news.
But that’s also hardly surprising. The delegates were, after all, handpicked by the Karzai administration.
Where was Rashid Dostum, the warlord from the North and powerful Junbish boss? Count the Uzbeks out.
No sign of Mohammad Mohaqiq either. Should we count the Hazaras out as well?
And then, there were the old familiars: Burhanuddin Rabbani, the former Afghan prime minister, the man who could not control Afghanistan’s descent into civil war following the Soviet withdrawal.
Rabbani of all people was made jirga chair in a last-minute pre-jirga negotiation.
If we’re looking to Rabbani for the future stability of Afghanistan, I’m investing in a new wardrobe of body armor for the future.