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by Contributor on Wednesday Feb 10 2010

It is hard to imagine that before the 1979 Soviet invasion, Afghanistan was a country where many ethnic groups and tribes lived in harmony with their neighbours. They had a subsistence economy and a central government. Unlike today, there was no sign of extremist-inspired suicide bombings or a heroin-based economy. It took 30 years of military occupation by foreign armies to bring that about.

by Contributor on Wednesday Feb 10 2010

It is hard to imagine that before the 1979 Soviet invasion, Afghanistan was a country where many ethnic groups and tribes lived in harmony with their neighbours. They had a subsistence economy and a central government. Unlike today, there was no sign of extremist-inspired suicide bombings or a heroin-based economy. It took 30 years of military occupation by foreign armies to bring that about.

by Alex Atamanenko on Tuesday Feb 09 2010

It is hard to imagine that before the 1979 Soviet invasion, Afghanistan was a country where many ethnic groups and tribes lived in harmony with their neighbours. They had a subsistence economy and a central government. Unlike today there was no sign of extremist inspired suicide bombings or a heroin based economy.

by Alex Atamanenko on Tuesday Feb 09 2010

It is hard to imagine that before the 1979 Soviet invasion, Afghanistan was a country where many ethnic groups and tribes lived in harmony with their neighbours. They had a subsistence economy and a central government. Unlike today there was no sign of extremist inspired suicide bombings or a heroin based economy.

by Alex Atamanenko on Tuesday Feb 09 2010

It is hard to imagine that before the 1979 Soviet invasion, Afghanistan was a country where many ethnic groups and tribes lived in harmony with their neighbours. They had a subsistence economy and a central government. Unlike today there was no sign of extremist inspired suicide bombings or a heroin based economy.

by Alex Atamanenko on Tuesday Feb 09 2010

It is hard to imagine that before the 1979 Soviet invasion, Afghanistan was a country where many ethnic groups and tribes lived in harmony with their neighbours. They had a subsistence economy and a central government. Unlike today there was no sign of extremist inspired suicide bombings or a heroin based economy.

by Rob Leggett on Wednesday Feb 03 2010

After all the time, resources and manpower spent in Afghanistan, it seems that the NATO forces are considering negotiation with the Taliban. Under normal circumstances this wouldn’t be a bad idea - if the Taliban was just another political party vying for control of their country.

by Rob Leggett on Wednesday Feb 03 2010

After all the time, resources and manpower spent in Afghanistan, it seems that the NATO forces are considering negotiation with the Taliban. Under normal circumstances this wouldn’t be a bad idea - if the Taliban was just another political party vying for control of their country.

by Rob Leggett on Wednesday Feb 03 2010

After all the time, resources and manpower spent in Afghanistan, it seems that the NATO forces are considering negotiation with the Taliban. Under normal circumstances this wouldn’t be a bad idea - if the Taliban was just another political party vying for control of their country.

by Rob Leggett on Wednesday Feb 03 2010

After all the time, resources and manpower spent in Afghanistan, it seems that the NATO forces are considering negotiation with the Taliban. Under normal circumstances this wouldn’t be a bad idea - if the Taliban was just another political party vying for control of their country.

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