The BBC reports that ‘[u]p to 15,000 foreign troops could remain in Afghanistan after 2014 if a security pact [. the so-called the Bilateral Security Agreement or BSA] is agreed with the US, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said. He was speaking at the opening of a Loya Jirga, or grand assembly, of more than 2,000 Afghan elders, who have gathered to discuss the deal. One of the key sticking points has been the circumstances under which US troops could enter Afghan homes. Another is whether US troops will be subject to US or Afghan justice’. On the Asia Times Online, Khalid Sekander, a licensed attorney in the US, who served for close to 10 years in Afghanistan trying to help rebuild its justice and judiciary systems, writes insightfully that the “bulk of these so called Afghan leaders renting out Afghan territory [, the BBC’s ‘2,000 Afghan elders’] for the “war on terror” are themselves unabashedly American citizens. This begs the question of where their loyalty lies? And are they ready and willing to rent out Afghanistan post-2014 for another decade to foreigners intent on capturing and killing any Afghan they suspect in exchange for more ghost money? Approving the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) is no different than what Shah Shuja did with the British in the early 19th Century – relinquishing Afghanistan to the control of the British in exchange for remaining its king. The question remains: at what point in time will Afghan leaders realize, both within the current government and the Taliban insurgency, that fighting each other will not help Afghanistan achieve peace, if peace is their goal? Afghan leaders on all sides must demonstrate they sincerely want peace regardless of what foreigners think or want. The BSA will simply continue and prolong violence in Afghanistan. Instead of bringing peace, the agreement will bring war, but as long as Afghan leaders are gorging on American ghost money, no one in power really cares about poor, defenseless Afghans”.
 Khalid Sekander, “The democratic occupation of Afghanistan” SPEAKING FREELY Asia Times Online (22 November 2013). http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/SOU-01-221113.html.