76 F
College Station
Thursday, September 16, 2021

Afghanistan’s Coming Economic Collapse — and What It Could Mean

Local News

College Station Bans Traditional Pet Shops

At Thursday's meeting, the College Station city council passed an ordinance that prohibits the sale of non-rescue dogs and cats in pet...

College Station to Vote on ROO in Special Meeting Today

The College Station City Council meets Monday at 4 p.m. at city hall to consider a Restricted Occupancy Overlay (ROO). The ordinance would allow single-family...

College Station Plans on Borrowing Additional $62 Million Without Taxpayer Vote

The College Station City Council voted to begin the process of issuing $62 million in certificates of obligations for capital projects. The...

Brazos Valley Hospitalizations Continue to Decline After Mask Order Rescinded

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34 on March 2, 2021, and the order went into effect on March 10, 2021....

An Afghan man works on a poppy field in Jalalabad Province, in 2014. Afghanistan is the world’s top cultivator of the poppy, from which opium and heroin are produced. (Parwiz/Reuters) Not even heroin, opium, and methamphetamine will be able to solve the problem.

No government — particularly one with only a shaky claim to legitimacy, none of it democratic — will ever enjoy a sudden drop in its country’s standard of living. That is something the Taliban may shortly discover as they try to consolidate their hold over a society famously fragmented along ethnic lines. Terror reinforced by purloined American weaponry may work, at least for a while. And yes, the universalist pretensions of the Taliban’s Islamism will win over some hearts and minds, as will the order, however harsh, that their form of Sharia brings with it. Nevertheless, if the Taliban, a movement still strongest in its Pashtun heartland, come into too abrasive a conflict with the traditional loyalties of other Afghans to their kith, kin, and tribe, they may struggle.

Now throw in the rural–urban divide as another potential stumbling block for the Taliban in certain places — notably greater Kabul, an urban agglomeration that is home to over 4 million people, up from 2.5 million when the Taliban were driven out of power in 2001. That said, Kabul may, culturally, be less “urban” than those millions suggest. Many only moved there — often from the countryside — fairly recently (or are the children of such arrivals). Meanwhile, only 25 percent of Kabul’s population is Pashtun, and a large percentage of the city’s inhabitants (Afghanistan’s population skews very young) spent their formative years in the freer atmosphere that developed after the Taliban had been routed. Many will be too young to make a difference (41 percent of Afghans are 14 and under), and young enough to be reprogrammed. But there are plenty, too, in their late teens and twenties, who will remember what life was like before August 15.

That is not to say that the now-lost era was a paradise. It was anything

Continue reading on National Review

More articles

- Advertisement -

State News

Episode 48: The Purpose and Roles of Government – Part 1

Too many Americans today are turning to civil government as their god. On this week’s Liberty Café, we begin a two-part series on the...

Matt Krause Enters Race for Attorney General

The Republican primary field for attorney general in Texas is continuing to grow. On Thursday, State Rep. Matt Krause (R–Haslet) announced his intention to...

Property Tax Relief Among Patrick‘s Priorities for Third Special Session

On Wednesday, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced his priority legislation going into the third called special legislative session, which begins on Monday, September...

Local Texas Officials Resist Biden Vaccine Mandate

While some local officials are fighting for “local control” to oppress citizens with mask mandates, others are doing their job and defending Texans’ individual...

Boycott Texas? Portland Officials Change Mind as Pro-Life Fight Rages

AUSTIN — As businesses and elected officials across the nation attack Texas for a new pro-life state law, one group of politicians has backtracked...

Continue reading on National Review