Friday, August 10, 2007

Cause and Effect: Afghanistan

I was reading an article the other day and a funny thing struck me. The problems we are having with al Qaeda in Afghanistan is an effect whose cause was the Soviet invasion in 1979. Why? Let me tell you.

Afghanistan in the 70's was moving towards a progressive and modern culture. Much like India has. But then the Soviet Union decided to invade. The only real opposition was the Mujahideen. These "Freedom Fighters" gave rise to the Taliban after the Soviets got their butts kicked. (Many equate what happened to the USSR in Afghanistan to our experience in the Vietnam war. Wait, excuse me. The Vietnam "police action.")

Anyway, the point is that if the USSR hadn't invaded Afghanistan might have developed into a highly civilized and modern country. I say "might" because you can never know what an alternate history can become. But as it was, the hard line strict interpretation of Sharia law left the nation and culture bereft of any advancements of the 20th century. This ignited the so called fundamentalist Muslim factions to spread across the Middle East. Thus we are dealing with al Qaeda and all the insane groups in Iraq. I say "insane" because none of these groups seems to have ever read the Qur’ān or the teachings of Muhammad.

After all, Allah is called "the merciful" for a reason.

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