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Sun Aug 15, 2021, 04:06 PM

Afghanistan fell because the MEN of Afghanistan prefer the Taliban.

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Afghanistan never could have fallen with the speed and efficiency that it did without overwhelmingly strong local support. The men of Afghanistan were "standing back and standing by," ready to join the religio-fascist Taliban at the very first moment of opportunity.

The men of Afghanistan chose to resign their daughters to a life of sexual slavery and abject oppression.




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Reply Afghanistan fell because the MEN of Afghanistan prefer the Taliban. (Original post)
Maru Kitteh Aug 2021 OP
Walleye Aug 2021 #1
jimfields33 Aug 2021 #10
Walleye Aug 2021 #12
PTWB Aug 2021 #20
Dan Aug 2021 #21
whathehell Aug 2021 #28
jimfields33 Aug 2021 #41
LanternWaste Aug 2021 #43
mcar Aug 2021 #48
Alpeduez21 Aug 2021 #54
Maru Kitteh Aug 2021 #62
whathehell Aug 2021 #50
whathehell Aug 2021 #35
Deuce Aug 2021 #14
Walleye Aug 2021 #30
Ligyron Aug 2021 #31
Deuce Aug 2021 #38
Volaris Aug 2021 #61
Maru Kitteh Aug 2021 #69
PortTack Aug 2021 #2
NightWatcher Aug 2021 #3
Maru Kitteh Aug 2021 #4
blm Aug 2021 #5
JI7 Aug 2021 #6
SergeStorms Aug 2021 #27
NightWatcher Aug 2021 #47
SergeStorms Aug 2021 #64
whathehell Aug 2021 #39
Srkdqltr Aug 2021 #7
Hekate Aug 2021 #8
crimycarny Aug 2021 #24
tulipsandroses Aug 2021 #34
Hugh_Lebowski Aug 2021 #9
Chainfire Aug 2021 #11
Maru Kitteh Aug 2021 #15
bdamomma Aug 2021 #29
Tommymac Aug 2021 #16
whathehell Aug 2021 #42
Praek3 Aug 2021 #13
smirkymonkey Aug 2021 #17
Walleye Aug 2021 #33
bdamomma Aug 2021 #53
Mr.Bill Aug 2021 #18
Maru Kitteh Aug 2021 #65
Fullduplexxx Aug 2021 #19
Traildogbob Aug 2021 #25
Wounded Bear Aug 2021 #58
bdamomma Aug 2021 #22
yaesu Aug 2021 #23
Dan Aug 2021 #26
MrModerate Aug 2021 #32
Walleye Aug 2021 #37
whathehell Aug 2021 #45
Walleye Aug 2021 #51
MrModerate Aug 2021 #55
joetheman Aug 2021 #36
Maru Kitteh Aug 2021 #68
joetheman Aug 2021 #40
Wounded Bear Aug 2021 #59
Shanti Shanti Shanti Aug 2021 #44
Evolve Dammit Aug 2021 #46
Layzeebeaver Aug 2021 #49
bhikkhu Aug 2021 #52
Wounded Bear Aug 2021 #56
Jon King Aug 2021 #57
Warpy Aug 2021 #60
moondust Aug 2021 #63
Maru Kitteh Aug 2021 #66
Renew Deal Aug 2021 #67

Response to Maru Kitteh (Original post)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 04:12 PM

1. That's the impression I got. Maybe the women have to arm themselves?

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Response to Walleye (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 04:38 PM

10. Arm themselves?

Good grief. Aren’t there enough guns in the world? Enough.

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #10)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 04:49 PM

12. You're right it's just frustrating to see these poor women have to go back to the ninth century

They were like 4 million people in Kabul. How long are they going to put up with this after having a cosmopolitan city for 20 years

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #10)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 05:26 PM

20. Pray tell, from your morally superior position, what should these women do?

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Response to PTWB (Reply #20)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 05:28 PM

21. +1

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Response to PTWB (Reply #20)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 05:36 PM

28. Thank you.

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Response to PTWB (Reply #20)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 05:58 PM

41. Get the heck out of there. They've had notice already and many have left

Gun lovers always use excuses. The question you asked could be used in a million scenario excuses and actually have been.

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #41)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 06:03 PM

43. You never really support any of your arguments with data or evidence, huh?

 

You should. It assists in actual dialog.

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #41)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 06:13 PM

48. How are women with children, with no resources

going to "get the heck out of there?"

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Response to mcar (Reply #48)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 06:42 PM

54. +43million kajillion. n/t

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Response to mcar (Reply #48)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 07:38 PM

62. Or get guns for that matter.

When you face being severely beaten, raped or killed for simply walking outside the house without a man, it's kind of hard to go get yourself a gun or plat a trek across the country with your children.




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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #41)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 06:17 PM

50. You seem to be missing the point..

This is no "gun lover" argument.

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #10)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 05:51 PM

35. Are you suggesting women just allow themselves to be enslaved?

or do your think men would hesitate to use guns to protect themselves from slavery?

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Response to Walleye (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 05:07 PM

14. I wonder if the women had been armed & well trained, would things be different?

After all, they would have more to fight for on a personal level…
Seems like so many of the male soldiers were not willing to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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Response to Deuce (Reply #14)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 05:47 PM

30. Yeah, that's what I was trying to say.

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Response to Deuce (Reply #14)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 05:48 PM

31. The Kurdish women go into combat.

As do a few of ours.

Proficiency with a weapon is a great equalizer.

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Response to Ligyron (Reply #31)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 05:54 PM

38. Yes, that is who I had been thinking of and they are tough fighters!

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Response to Deuce (Reply #14)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 07:01 PM

61. Maybe that should have been the strategy from the beginning...

The kurds would have helped us with it, those women know..

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Response to Volaris (Reply #61)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 10:49 PM

69. Yes, and a generation of men raised by soldier moms

Would have been a good start as well.

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Response to Maru Kitteh (Original post)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 04:13 PM

2. Spot on!!

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Response to Maru Kitteh (Original post)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 04:16 PM

3. Just like so many white men here and their support for the authoritarian GQP and trump

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 04:19 PM

4. Precisely. "Stand back and stand by"

There are lessons here that require some careful examination.

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 04:20 PM

5. ✔️✔️

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 04:24 PM

6. Yes, but we have people pushing back against it here.

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 05:34 PM

27. "White men here"?

I hope you're not implying that men on DU think that way.

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #27)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 06:12 PM

47. "here" as in the USA. The men are trump boys and all those little clubs like the 3%'ers...

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #47)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 07:44 PM

64. Thanks for the clarification.

Not trying to cause trouble, but sometimes somebody gets up on the wrong side of the bed and let's fly with an over-broad generalization.

I should have known that wasn't your intent.

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 05:54 PM

39. Not exactly..

Even in conservative circles, women have FAR more freedom here than in Afghanistan, please

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Response to Maru Kitteh (Original post)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 04:25 PM

7. That was my thought.

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Response to Maru Kitteh (Original post)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 04:26 PM

8. Or maybe they never believed in 21st century government at all? Maybe because they're a bunch of

…of tribes, each with their own leader.

Maybe because no matter what kind of structure the US put in place, it was riddled top to bottom with what we call corruption and what I think they think of as something that has no meaning for them, so every man for himself so long as he takes care of his own family and tribe.

Europe and America have a democratic tradition that is firmly established, and the roots of that tradition go back as far as the Magna Carta.

The tribes of Afghanistan do not have that, and trying to impose it on them failed from Day One.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #8)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 05:32 PM

24. Many Afghan soldiers hadn't gotten paid for months

Due to corrupt leadership taking the money meant for the soldiers. Your points are spot on. We tried to force a Westernized view on a completely different type of mindset. It made as much sense to the Afghans as it would be for Afghanistan to try and enforce their tribal type of government on our democratic form of government. To expect that deeply entrenched philosophy/culture to change in 20 years—if ever—was a fool’s errand from the get go.

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Response to crimycarny (Reply #24)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 05:51 PM

34. Agreed, heck we still struggle after all this time

with our own versions of tribalism and we’ve had a heck of a lot more time than 20 yrs. This outcome was always inevitable.

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Response to Maru Kitteh (Original post)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 04:35 PM

9. I would suspect that regular nationalism and tribalism has SOMEthing to do with it

One of those 'we may not LIKE the Taliban, but at least they're OUR Taliban i.e. not controlled by foreigners' type of deals ... the latter of which one might logically assume was the prevailing opinion of many there WRT to the government that the USA and allies had basically installed there.

Could also just be straight cowardice in many cases ... they weren't SURE their 'side' could 'win' in a prolonged war for control, but they WERE sure that if they did lose? The Taliban would torture and kill them, and their families.

I think there's a few explanations here is all I'm saying

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Response to Maru Kitteh (Original post)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 04:42 PM

11. If the women of Afghanistan want their freedom, they may have to fight for it with the weapons they

have. Apparently we couldn't win social equality for them. The Taliban is a religious cult not unlike some we have in this country. We have our own growing far right religious groups to deal with before they gain too much power. Already they have taken rights from women and we just sit back and watch, glad that it hasn't happened in our state...yet. As old Barney used to say, "We need to nip it, nip it in the bud."

If the people of Afghanistan wants to live in the dark ages who are we to stop them. Perhaps one day they will get sick and tired of being sick and tired, poor and hungry and they will remember the brief taste of a higher level of civilization that they once saw. Or not.

It is not wrong that we are getting out, it was wrong that we got in and stayed in as long as we did. Biden is taking us in the right direction.

The Next time the Saudi's attack us, we should go after them instead of some poor proxy. Modern warfare could make a lasting impression on Saudi society.

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #11)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 05:09 PM

15. "We have our own growing far right religious groups to deal with"

Indeed we do.

I agree with the entirety of your post. There is no wrong way to stop doing what we never should have started doing in the first place.





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Response to Maru Kitteh (Reply #15)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 05:40 PM

29. for sure

those insurrectionists and those on the inside need to be held responsible. They are our far right terrorists.

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #11)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 05:14 PM

16. Good food for thought. Thanks! nt

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #11)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 06:02 PM

42. .What "weapons" would those be?

and please, however much we may want to see a "Taliban" in our country's conservatives, they, like Afghanistan, are so far from anything in the West as to make the comparison laughable.

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Response to Maru Kitteh (Original post)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 04:59 PM

13. Trump Cult + Taliban

Look at the photos and video of the Taliban taking over the palace/government offices in Afghanistan. Look familiar? Looks like Trump's racist, hateful supporters at the capitol. They are similar because the terrorists in both instances are mostly male chauvinists with low functioning intellect and emotional capabilities. They take pleasure in violence and hatred. Hurting women and children mean nothing to them. They have no use for anyone or anything that doesn't support their demented dreams of domination.

The losers at the capitol smeared human manure on the floors. They looted. They destroyed historical symbols of our country. The Taliban will take over and fail completely. They will be unable to create a functioning government. Afghanistan will remain a backward third world cesspool. It is the same destination for Trump's cult. Where certain kinds of men will hold all the power, employing violent oppression as the means to stay in control.

Both groups are dogs who chased and caught the car and now have no idea what to do.

But they will NEVER quell the hearts and minds of the good people. Woe is them when the masses strike back and blow the bastards into oblivion with overwhelming numbers employing all the guerrilla techniques they can muster.

It will suck to be Trump cultists and Taliban terrorists.

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Response to Praek3 (Reply #13)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 05:21 PM

17. +1000

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Response to Praek3 (Reply #13)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 05:50 PM

33. Yes I noticed the similarity. Armed undisciplined men in pick up trucks

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Response to Praek3 (Reply #13)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 06:37 PM

53. +100000

the similarities are striking.

You cannot help the country if they don't want to help themselves. Even the Afghani President left.

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Response to Maru Kitteh (Original post)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 05:25 PM

18. And there are Christofascist men in our own country

who would do the same thing.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #18)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 08:43 PM

65. In a heartbeat. nt

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Response to Maru Kitteh (Original post)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 05:25 PM

19. The u.s. should have spent it's time there evacuating the women

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Response to Fullduplexxx (Reply #19)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 05:32 PM

25. So true

And the white wing “incels” may have found a good woman. A powerful, tough as hell, woman not willing to take any shit, and kick their asses into civility.

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Response to Traildogbob (Reply #25)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 06:57 PM

58. If they could 'tolerate' women like that they wouldn't be 'incels'...

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Response to Maru Kitteh (Original post)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 05:28 PM

22. I think so too

This was not on Biden. This was under a Republican President so those who oppose the pull out can screw off. The Russians were there for 20 yrs + and they were fighting a lost cause and they left.

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Response to Maru Kitteh (Original post)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 05:32 PM

23. yep, pretty much. nt

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Response to Maru Kitteh (Original post)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 05:33 PM

26. As I look at this, I wonder if we should have trained the women.

Maybe the males (via culture, everything else) there are a loss cause. But, it also implies that nothing we could have done (aside from investing in the women) would have made a difference.

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Response to Maru Kitteh (Original post)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 05:49 PM

32. Taliban have been actively operating in villages all this time...

 

Expanding their influence and rubbing out those who disagree with them. And recruiting lots of mobile infantry.

The Taliban hearts & minds program is carried out at the muzzle of a gun and it's remarkably effective.

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Response to MrModerate (Reply #32)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 05:53 PM

37. I suddenly got the image of the proud boys beating up on a female journalist

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Response to Walleye (Reply #37)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 06:04 PM

45. Is that an "image" you got or a memory?

I don't recall seeing that.

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Response to whathehell (Reply #45)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 06:17 PM

51. It was on the video about the LA demonstration that got out of hand

You see him come up while she’s filming and shove the camera into her face. I worked for years as a newspaper photographer, and believe me this stuff happens. The hatred against journalists was whipped up. So of course they will beat up on the woman if there is one around

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Response to Walleye (Reply #37)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 06:49 PM

55. I'm sure that Proud Boys and like-minded people...

 

Are looking at what's going on in Afghanistan for tactical tips on their own dreamed-of Civil War.

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Response to Maru Kitteh (Original post)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 05:52 PM

36. Truer words were never posted.

 

May i quote you?

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Response to joetheman (Reply #36)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 09:26 PM

68. By all means.




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Response to Maru Kitteh (Original post)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 05:58 PM

40. Lots of Evangelicals here long to be like the Taliban and some are. nt

 

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Response to joetheman (Reply #40)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 06:58 PM

59. It's why I call them Talibangelists...nt

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Response to Maru Kitteh (Original post)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 06:04 PM

44. Well the Taliban will let their SON live, take a bride of his choosing and have his goat herd

They'll TAKE that, all day long.

We just never understood the culture.

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Response to Shanti Shanti Shanti (Reply #44)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 06:07 PM

46. Exactly what Malcom Nance just said on MSNBC. And we never took the time or interest.

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Response to Maru Kitteh (Original post)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 06:15 PM

49. I'm not so sure

never confuse lack of organization for support.

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Response to Maru Kitteh (Original post)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 06:26 PM

52. True. Unevolved pieces of shit

But the same could be said for most of our ancestors. We're better people now, but Afghanistan at least suggests that we didn't get that way through wars. If all it took was war to improve and evolve a population, they should be on the cutting edge. Quite the opposite, it seems.

And there also doesn't seem to be a way to cheat the game. I hate to think of all the suffering involved along the way, but perhaps they will eventually get there, if that is allowed. I still remember the early 90's when Afghanistan's internet site identified it as "the friendly country", a place where strangers were welcomed with smiles and great hospitality. That was 30 years of war and a generation and a half ago.

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Response to Maru Kitteh (Original post)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 06:51 PM

56. Unfortunate, sad, but true...

the culture is decidedly masculine and toxic.

It will take more than one generation to fix that.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #56)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 06:54 PM

57. Generation? Been like that for thousands of years and will be for 1000s more.

Absolutely nothing will ever change there. This was the one chance and slim as it was, the only chance for the women.

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Response to Maru Kitteh (Original post)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 07:00 PM

60. The Taliban, whatever we think of them, are the only ones organized enough to run the country

Otherwise, it goes back to feuding warlords, and no one wants that.

The 20 year old firebrands that were the Taliban 20 years ago are now 40. We can only hope they've learned a few positive lessons along the way They're still full of toxic Wahabbi Islam from Saudi Arabia. Maybe it has been tempered by some common sense.

Don't think of this in "handmaid's Tale" terms, the bulk of the country wasn't any better than that at the best of times. Only the cities had liberalized, at all.

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Response to Maru Kitteh (Original post)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 07:42 PM

63. Al Jazeera reporting

that the Taliban have said women/girls can continue to work and attend school as long as they wear the hijab.

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Response to moondust (Reply #63)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 09:02 PM

66. HA HA.

Lindsey Graham has a better track record for honesty. Hell. DONALD TRUMP . . . . well that one's kind of close actually.

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Response to Maru Kitteh (Original post)

Sun Aug 15, 2021, 09:10 PM

67. This is true. It is also true that Iraqi's didn't want to be taken over by funamentalists.

They chose to fight back.

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