The Japan Times published an editorial on Afghanistan on April 3, 2009. In the article, the Japan Times argued that the success of the mission in Afghanistan would hinge on what happened in the upcoming election.
“Much rests on elections scheduled for August,” said the Japan Times. “This ballot must not be compromised. Failure to hold free and fair elections would undermine all that has been accomplished since the Taliban were driven from power. The legitimacy of the government in Kabul is the final thread that holds the country together. If that snaps, no new strategy will ever succeed.”
Of course, the election turned out to be a disaster.