So, President Karzai, congratulations on joining the Association of unDemocratic Presidents, whose luminaries include, as well as your good self:
George W Bush.
Kibake of Kenya.
Senior General Than Shwe.
What have these six beauties all got in common?
They all got to be President by means of electoral fraud, rigged voting, or outright denial of losing an election.
They also represent a slippery downward slope, a 21st century Rake's Progress from stupidity, to corruption, through ethnic oppression to ethnic cleansing, through escalating levels of violence towards the bloody and putrid abomination of genocide.
This is the tendency, and electoral fraud is a sure sign that people are setting out to go down that path; it is a kind of wicket gate. An outward and visible sign that this President cares not a jot for the will of the people.
We the people need to get a grip on this.
What we need is a framework of international law that penalises the government that takes that step in a specified and appropriate way.
I'm not sure what would be the best kind of penalty. Certainly, automatic loss of right to sit on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) would be a first step. Enhanced UN rapportage on human rights, corruption and crime would be another.
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