The invasion of Afghanistan...what was this all about?
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11-12-2012, 07:34 AM (This post was last modified: 11-12-2012 07:37 AM by I and I.)
RE: The invasion of Afghanistan...what was this all about?
(11-12-2012 07:18 AM)earmuffs Wrote:  
Quote:Zahir Shah’s rule, like the kings before him, was one of almost total autocratic
power. The word of the king was the word of law. And while advisory councils and
assemblies were sometimes called to advise the king, these bodies had no power,
and in no way represented the people of Afghanistan. These bodies were made up
of the country’s tribal elders – a nice sounding term that in reality referred
to the brutal land owners and patriarchs. And while some history books refer to
this time of Afghanistan’s history as one where attempts were made to
“modernize” the country – all this really meant was newer rifles for the army,
the purchase a few airplanes for a token air force, the creation of a tiny
airline to shuttle the ruling elite around, and some telegraph wires to allow
the king to collect this taxes more promptly. Under his rule political parties
were outlawed, and students were shot and killed when they protested
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The king was actually overthrown. Can't have been good if it resulted in that.
But he was overthrown by a family member so...
He was overthrown by a communist leaning guy then as this communist leaning guy begins to appease and allow the people to have more say in government (DEMOCRACY) the people choose islamic laws so this appeasing to religious extremism causes the Soviet Union to overthrow this guy and replace him with another communist.

Autocratic rulership doesn't doesn't automatically mean a bad country, anymore than a capitalist democracy automatically means a free society where every lives a good life.

Are you claiming the standards of life in the pictures you see in that link are WORSE than afghanistan under the Taliban?

I brought this issue up during my first week as forum member, how democracy isn't synonymous with freedom at all. The muslim overthrow of secular leaders in Afghanistan was a popular movement and most of the people supported it...democracy by definition...however look what this democracy brought.
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RE: The invasion of Afghanistan...what was this all about? - I and I - 11-12-2012 07:34 AM
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