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Karzai: Afghan War was Conspiracy

As he is ushered out after a recent election, Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai told the Atlantic that he is a pacifist and the long-running war in Afghanistan should never have happened. “...I didn’t see a war in Afghanistan we should have fought, I saw a conspiracy. And my effort was to repel the conspiracy in which the Afghan blood was shed,” he said. He also noted the Western powers were looking for a puppet leader. They “wanted me weak, and in conflict with the rest of the leadership of this country,” and “wanted an isolated president, a president they could use.”