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Dr. Azam Dadfar is one of the few psychiatrists in Afghanistan trained in psychoanalysis, who believes Afghan President Hamid Karzai is the poster child for multiple-personality disorder, a mental state impacting an entire generation that has been raised amidst constant war.

Many claim Karzai suffers from Nixonian paranoia due to his want to be a "uniter". He feels he must appease all parties with interests in Afghanistan, including Western democracies, Afghan citizens and lawmakers, warlords, regional allies (India, Iran, Russia), and moderate Taliban. He flashed his many faces Saturday announcing his cabinet: the faces of tribal leader, jihadi, and democratic statesman.

Lambasted by critics for retaining warlords, the truth is he's a politician, not a holy man. Yet, one wonders how tiresome it all must be. How much of it's politics versus a psyche split asunder from growing up in jihad?

Read the full article here: Hamid Karzai’s multiple personalities: Afghanistan’s man in the middle

Originally posted to Michael Hughes on Mon Dec 21, 2009 at 02:39 PM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    ohcanada, lao hong han

    "Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job"

    by Michael Hughes on Mon Dec 21, 2009 at 02:39:10 PM PST

  •  I don't think it's helpful for us to try (11+ / 0-)

    to diagnose a famous person's neuroses or psychiatric disorders, or to endorse such diagnoses from people who aren't the alleged patient's personal provider of mental-health svcs.

    It's enough to say, simply, Karzai doesn't seem to have what it takes, he isn't a particularly good leader of Afghanistan if what is good for Afghanistan requires a strong central government (IMO not so much, but never mind), he simply can't hack it - no need to bring charges that he's mentally ill into it.

    Take a moment each day to appreciate how amazing the mere fact of your existence is.

    by Shaviv on Mon Dec 21, 2009 at 02:46:26 PM PST

  •  Michael, don't just pimp the Examiner link... (2+ / 0-)
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    Winnie, testvet6778

    give us a few summary paragraphs - otherwise it's not much of a diary, and people here hate drive-by crossposts, trust me. It's an interesting work, and well worth reading, but it's going to get a lousy reception from many people here - just watch - and not because of its content, but because of the presentation.

  •  Now, this is the kind of psychoanalysis that (8+ / 0-)

    makes that discipline voodoo science.

    This is total bullshit. You psychoanalyze someone without even sitting with him. Heay, it worked so well on Saddam, didn't it?

    Don't give a damn a/t each & every politician currently alive in the US. Last time i voted for the top part of the ballot was 1972. Never missed SB election

    by Mutual Assured Destruction on Mon Dec 21, 2009 at 02:52:44 PM PST

  •  Chechnya's (1+ / 0-)
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    popular leaders suffered as much and more. Dysfunction beyond measure.  It's a brutal part of the world, and now Baluchistan is in play.

    Poverty, misery and now bombing.We learn nothing, generations of children are harmed and there are always the widows.. and we wonder why they want us to go home.

    If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. Dalai Lama

    by ohcanada on Mon Dec 21, 2009 at 02:54:00 PM PST

  •  that hat Karzai is always wearing was (1+ / 0-)
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    made from aborted lamb guts.

    So that's gotta mean something.

  •  I would rather debate Cheneys mental health (1+ / 0-)
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    than Karzai's   Cheneys has had more of an effect on the American public than Karzia's has or ever will.......

  •  Ahem... (0+ / 0-)

    I understand everyone's objections, so, bear with me (I've had a bad day, so take this with a grain or two):

    *My post is indeed a summary, is clearly obviously so actually, if article was read.  It's actually more difficult and takes more time to reduce an 800-1000 word article into a summary of 3 succinct paragraphs than it is to write the damn thing.  Point being - please read the article, and you really should have before throwing me under the bus. But I get your gist.
    *DailyKos has encouraged us Examiners to write about our articles in these diaries.  Otherwise, I would have never known the bloody diaries even existed.

    *Did you notice that I also write for The Huffington Post and I posted one of those articles here as well?  As you may know, God bless her liberal heart - Arianna pays us NIL.  So that article I surely did not post for monetary gain.
    *They pay us less than one penny per hit, so spare me the dramatics about us Examiner's being in it for the money. It's more the love of the game.

    *That is a fair accusation that I cannot take much issue with, at least it was a substantive critique.

    *Once again, a person who didn't look before they chastised. I have been doing this now for a few days - a few days I say!  And I have already left comments and have had productive dialogue with those who read my story. And this is only my third post? Lord.
    *It is good to know you have a roster and have been tracking every Examiner that posts articles on this blog - there's only thousands of us.  No generalizing there.

    Concluding, then.

    Don't mean to sound so defensive, and I know I have, but consider my position, consider the criticism and consider the facts.  As Al Franken said the other day: you are entitled to your own opinion but you are not entitled to your own facts.

    "Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job"

    by Michael Hughes on Mon Dec 21, 2009 at 09:25:08 PM PST

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