The man chosen to be the fresh face of good Afghan governance in a town just seized from the Taliban has a violent criminal record in Germany, but Western officials said Saturday they are not pushing to oust him.http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2010-03-06-afghanistan-marjah-chief_N.htm
Court records and news reports in Germany show that Abdul Zahir, the man appointed as the new civilian chief in Marjah, served part of a more than four-year prison sentence for stabbing his son in 1998. A U.S. official confirmed that he did serve time in Germany, though Zahir denies he committed any crime.
"I was not a killer. I was not a smuggler. ... I didn't commit any crime," Zahir told the Associated Press in a telephone interview Friday evening. He said allegations of a criminal record were "all a lie."
Our surrogate to replace the Taliban is a man who begins his first interviews by denying he is a violent killer, smuggler and child abuser.
Is there any doubt this will not end well?