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  •  Not completely true . . The bit about no central (2+ / 0-)
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    Government at all, ever.

    In the Early 1910s  thru the next decade, there was mandatory education for all, a rule against burqas for women, and an effort to expand trade and cultural stuff with other nations. In the late 40s, the central government decided that closer ties with the USSR would be in their interest, and by the mid 1950s, those ties were quite solid. The capital underwent huge modernization and rebuilding, and the tribal leaders all expressed support of the capital and leadership (which had been moved to Kabul some years earlier). Things went south witH tHe attacks and murders of the PDPA and some land reform legislation that was DOA, in part because of lies spread by the CIA.

    The PDPA began exterminating potential rivals to power, which led to a huge civil war, ushered in even more soviet input, and eventually ended with a proxy war between the  CIA and the USSR.
    Regional players, Iran, Pakistan, and the Saudis all contoured to the mess we helped create. We may have spent $50 billion in destabilizing Afghanistan even further, and attacking the soviet troops there. By early 1990, when the USSR had already left, the mess was so bad that any organization, including a Wahhabi based ultra conservative Muslim group could walk in and take over. We cut all funds and left them hanging in the wind.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 03:45:19 PM PST

    •  Damn auto spill. (1+ / 0-)
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      Not countered, REACTED and took advantage

      What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

      by agnostic on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 03:47:05 PM PST

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    •  Yes, I know about (0+ / 0-)

      the modernization of Kabul.  I've even seen those slick tourist brochure photos!

      That was in Kabul.  I've never seen any photos which illustrate a central government's presence w-a-a-a-a-y out in all those remote valleys and villages.  If you have some, I'd be delighted to see 'em!

      A few give much, a few give all, and most Americans give....NOTHING! ~~~ Support our troops - Bring them home

      by Hound Dog on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 03:49:55 PM PST

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