As a journalist, I found Rashid's work inspiring. Thousands of foreign radicals now fighting alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan are determined to someday overthrow their own regimes and carry out Taliban-style Islamist revolutions in their homelands. The Taliban are strict adherents to Sharia law, which seems to value behavior, even over human life. His misguided policies violently bore their fruits in New York and Washington on September 11th. Son of Ahmed an engineer and Piari a homemaker Rashid; married Angeles Espino Perez- Hurtado, 1982; children: Raphael, Sara Bano.
If anyone understands the place Rashid does. It openly countenanced international terrorism, harboring the criminal mastermind and giving him virtually free rein to plan bombings and assassinations. Their domestic culture and life-style very much resemble those of the Mongols. D'altra parte, cosa aspettarsi da chi dice Noi musulmani crediamo che Dio onnipotente nutrirà tutti, in un modo o nell'altro. The smuggling also creates huge losses in customs revenue and sales taxes.
Taliban went through three phases starting from September 1994 up to September 1996 they were… 1338 Words 6 Pages Mullah Muhammad Omar, the leader of the Afghanistan Taliban Regime and one of the most wanted men by the United States U. The varnish rubbed off long ago, scratches cover its length and bits of wood have been gouged out ---no doubt by the difficulties of negotiating the rocky terrain outside his office. New transport and smuggling mafias have developed in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Iran. We Westerners aren't thinking things through to a logical end. Early on, a few Deobandi madrasahs were established in Afghanistan, but they were not hugely popular. Afganistan : A country at war with itself -------------------------------------------------------------- In Afghanistan, you don't understand yourself solely as an individual.
The book is split into three parts. Does the name in itself carry some significance? Though still there are debates and some controversies over the origin of the Hazaras but, the National Geographic's 'Global Gene Project' has confirmed links of the Hazaras to the 13th Century Mongol emperor Genghis Khan. What I read in this book made me ashamed to be a member of the human race. Bin Ladin's notoriety has created major problems for Pakistan and Saudi Arabia -- two key American allies in the region who have recognized the Taliban government. Ahmed Rashid is a Pakistani journalist and best-selling author. And money and oil was all that really mattered in Afghanistan. This is not the first book to be written on the Taliban, or Afghanistan in the 1990s.
Finally, how do Afghans view the Taliban? Here Afghan trucks picked up goods from Pakistani trucks, which were not allowed to cross into Afghanistan and fuel was smuggled in from Pakistan to feed the warlords' armies. I thought it was probably outdated when I first saw it. Like Pakistan, Saudi Arabia would like to leave bin Ladin in Afghanistan. India's huge aid programme in Afghanistan, Rashid points out, adds to Pakistan's paranoia. Still, the real account of the Taliban waits for someone who has the desire, the skill, and the courage.
If you want a closer look at what people mean by 'unstable region' this book will do the trick. Il libro si ferma all'immediato post 11 settembre. The threats include the flow of drugs and weapons and a possible flood of refugees if the Northern Alliance is defeated. The book also suffers for me in comparisons to Ghost Wars and The Looming Tower, which I was not able to put down. Today Afghan and Pakistani truckers smuggle goods across a huge swath of territory that includes Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Iran, and Pakistan. I choose to read Taliban, by Ahmed Rashid, in hopes of gaining a better understanding of radical Islam, and the conditions under which it flourishes. Eventually more than 100,000 foreign Muslim radicals were directly influenced by the Afghan jihad.
The Taliban were also initially students at Islamic schools, studying at refugee camps in Pakistan. Afghanistan, the heart of asia, is one of the few countries in the world which is being destroyed by the civil-war, outside interferences, and most importantly by those zealots who in the name of islam, killing the innocent Afghans with total impunity. And it imposed a disturbing and deeply fundamentalist form of Muslim culture on the nation. Matters came to a head in late 1998, when the Taliban executed 11 Iranian diplomats in Mazar-i-Sharif. Ahmed Rashid's fantastic theory of the Hazaras' origin quoted in this book is ridiculous since the Hazaras do not have even the slightest features or characteristics of the Tajiks.
Through Nadia May's voice which was perfect for this one reading Ahmed Rashid's words, this reader has been prompted to think beyond what was written, to think about the future of Afghanistan and the region in general, and to think in what-if ways because what we have been doing in the region has been a bit like banging our collective heads against the wall. The reason for this, Rashid explains, is to circumvent Iranian and Russian territory and lay gas and oil pipelines through Afghanistan and Pakistan for eventual Western consumption. Striking up a friendship with Umar, the Taliban chief, bin Ladin moved to Umar's base in Kandahar in early 1997. He makes a convincing point that the Taliban took advantage of an environment that the world community abandoned. The capture of Spin Baldak worried the Kandahar warlords and they denounced Pakistan for backing the Taliban, but they continued bickering amongst themselves rather than uniting to meet the new threat. Afganistan is a not a homogeneous country, although pashtuns are the largest ethnic group in Afghanistan, but there are other important races in Afghanistan also, like the tajiks, hazaras, Turks and uzbeks. I think bin Laden has played a major role in influencing their ideology, and in persuading them that they have a major role to play in undermining Western countries and attacking America.
Every norm of family life had been destroyed in the war. Instead, we resort to the same childish antics currently in use in the region. Even operating with maximum allowed pragmatism — sometimes outcry at home manages to limit their choice of allies — they have had little success in establishing a profitable oil or natural gas enterprise in the region. The Deobandis sought to harmonize classical Islamic texts with current realities -- an aim the Taliban has ignored. I think I was expecting a more hardened figure, given his difficult and courageous work. Pakistan believes that a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan will be an ally and give its army strategic depth in its ongoing conflict with India.
The Taliban, which springs from the Sunni branch of Islam, began a genocidal campaign designed to wipe out Shiite Muslims from much of Afghanistan. The author also discusses the controversial changes in American attitudes toward the Talibanfrom early support to recent bombings of Osama Bin Laden's hideaway and other Taliban-protected terrorist basesand how they have influenced the stability of the region. Rashid provides more evidence that terrorists only become a problem for a country once they begin to point the guns that country bought for them in the wrong direction. Traditionally, Islamic boys have gone to these schools, studying the Koran, Islamic law, in order to become preachers. Rashid is better on things closer to home. It's heavy on the facts, dates and names, but it's a complex place.