FOREIGN backers have a maddening habit of declaring any forthcoming 12 months to be the “crucial year” for Afghanistan. Liam Fox, the British defence minister, was no exception when he used a New Year’s visit to bill 2011 as decisive for international efforts in the country. But like so many before him, Mr Fox may be disappointed. Even as the West’s soldiers make progress, its diplomats bang their heads against the lamentable administration of Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai.
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