What is state failure? See my conceptualisation of state failure on the right flank below.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

No sword and gun day, it's only Wednesday

MStFB Update
I just got back from Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic (btw), and it's now high time to update my earlier posts on the run-up to the meeting of Afghan and Pakistani Presidents Karzai and Musharraf in Ankara, Turkey.
The meeting has already taken place and produced this, as typically summarised in the Western press. Definitely not much, although if there really are more intel exchanges in the future, that can be useful to ISAF in Afghanistan.
From the Turkish Daily News, here are two more sections of an article relevant here, as to the outcome which arguably is nothing other than a faute de mieux postponement of anything significant till a possible future date.
"They agreed to hold another round of talks in Turkey in either late 2007 or early 2008, Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer told reporters".
"The declaration was issued after the two leaders -- with Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer standing between them -- locked hands and posed for the cameras together with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Karzai and Musharraf did not take any questions".
Meanwhile I should indicate that the Washington kicking-under-the-table incident from 2006 that I cited from the Safrang blog was just a joke there: it didn't happen literally, although it definitely wouldn't have been entirely unlikely to happen. Before a 2006 September meeting of the 'brothers in the war on terrorism', covered e.g. by the IHT, even US President Bush said he'll be curious to watch the body language of the two leaders to see how serious tensions are (and President Hamid Karzai even promised 'to be good' in reply...).
Well, at least it wasn't 'sword and gun day' in Ankara on Monday. Getting back from Karlovy Vary on Tuesday, I listened to a song here at home and I was struck by the irony of how its lines connected to the issue of the Monday meet. For a little fun, here are some of the lines.
"At the starting of the week --- At summit talks you'll hear them speak --- It's only Monday --- Negotiations breaking down --- See those leaders start to frown --- It's sword and gun day --- Tomorrow never comes until it's too late --- You could be sitting taking lunch --- The news will hit you like a punch --- It's only Tuesday --- You never thought we'd go to war --- After all the things we saw --- It's April Fools' day."
(That's from DJ Shadow feat. Mos Def, "Six Days". You can listen into it here)

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