What message does it send when the U.N. representative to Afghanistan says it will be impossible to eliminate fraud in the run-off election? AFGHANISTAN-ELECTION/

That’s what Kai Eide admitted last week, adding, “what we will try to do, is to reduce the level of fraud.”

Is that really what Afghans should be hearing on the eve of this crucial vote — steal a few less votes this time around please?

The second round of the presidential election in Afghanistan is more about credibility than the actual outcome.

And it is not just the credibility of Afghan President Hamid Karzai that is at stake, it is the credibility of the entire international effort to rebuild the country.