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November 2, 2009

No Eyes For Karzais

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The picture captures Karzai’s rather histrionic challenger, in officially refusing to participate in a run-off, as overwhelmed with sadness for himself and the country.

From this end, however, the visual — given the new reality, that we’re stuck propping up a government with no credibility — also reads as: “I can’t bear to look.”

(photo: Moises Saman for The New York Times)

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