Like a buzzing mosquito that just won't go away, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is back in the news. He sent a video from his unknown hideout in Pakistan, asking for reconciliation with Afghanistan's government and presenting himself as a peacemaker.
The Afghans are currently powerless because the fate of their nation, apparently, will be determined by certain events in the U.S. that are outside of their control, chief among them being the election cycle.
The anti-Muslim vitriol emanating from American cultural conservatives and right-wing Christians about Park51 is quite interesting when compared to the deep-seated love of Islamic jihad they felt just decades ago.
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the most vicious, bloodthirsty, egomaniacal and amoral of all the Afghan troublemakers of the past four decades, is negotiating with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai for a role in Karzai's government.
Until the American intelligence bureaucracy catches up to the President's rhetoric, Al Qaeda's army will continue to operate effectively from the shadows while the U.S. will continue to stumble along in the dark.