There is simply no Mubarak or Ben Ali in Afghanistan but, as German journalist Marc Thörner writes, "any number of mini-Mubaraks or small Ben Alis." But when your own mini-Mubarak is armed and above the law (and even protects you from other mini-Mubaraks), false loyalties and fears are created. In a quasi-civil war - or whatever the exact definition of the current Afghan turmoil is - you really cannot expect people to turn to the streets because who exactly are they against and what exactly would they want and who exactly would they fear. Even if they often must feel like protesting publicly.
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