Comments: Progress

Perhaps the whole world underestimated the Afghans.

They're a persistent people, especially when desperate. (Ask the Soviet Army.)

Now we discover a stunning act of resistance to outside invasion and to Taliban rule. The resistance by the nameless few who decided to save their treasures from the ravages of their people's enemies.

This is amazing.

Posted by steve h at November 18, 2004 04:29 PM

I share steve h's admiration for the persistence of the Afghan people.

The way in which those who defend the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan have refused to see the reality of where that country is and who try, against all reality, to paint a positive picture of where that country is at right now, is, in my view, an insult to those persistent Afghan people.

Check out today's lead story at

"Afghanistan: A Nation Abandoned to Drugs"

reporting the conditions in the country and yesterday's desperate plea for help by the UN.

Posted by Abu Noor al-Irlandee at November 19, 2004 12:53 PM

Well, gee, I suppose there never were drugs in Afghanistan before the Taliban were toppled...

Actually, the Independent story (link here) seems to run contrary to a lot of what I've heard about Afghanistan. That more than 2 million refugees returned to their homes after the fall of the Taliban, that Kabul is suddenly a bustling city, that roads are being rebuilt and girls are going to school and opinion polls show Afghans think the country is moving in the right direction, seem not to have factored at all in the report.

For my part, I'll believe the drug threat is serious when France, Russia, China, Syria and some of the other worthies on the U.N. Security Council authorize the use of force against the poppy fields...

Posted by Bill at November 19, 2004 01:23 PM