By Matthew J. Morgan
In October 2004, greater than 8 million voters of Afghanistan became out to vote within the first democratic election within the turbulent, 5,000-year heritage of the rustic. This impressive voter turnout within the face of terrible threats and real bullets, rockets, and bombs was once a shout of defiance and an important setback to the previous Taliban regime and their al Qaeda allies. It was once a gorgeous luck and critical breakthrough for the Afghan humans and for the us within the crusade opposed to overseas terrorism. The switch is extra dramatic than the yank Revolution, within the aftermath of which the hot American democracy maintained a consultant kind of executive just like its British roots. The swap can be extra confident than the French Revolution, which degenerated into tyranny and anarchy. The Afghan Revolution of democratic governance, albeit aided and guided via overseas army and political powers, is hence essentially the most old occasions of our time.Written via a former U.S. military intelligence officer, this booklet offers readers with a candid account of Afghanistan's first presidential election and its next transition to democratic self-governance. specifically, Morgan speaks to the protection gear and the measures keeping the election. The election's safety method marked a defeat for the al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorist insurgents trying to frustrate Afghanistan's transformation right into a democratic kingdom. Morgan's narrative of Afghan improvement is interspersed with firsthand, own debts from the author's eleven-month deployment as an officer serving within the U.S. army in Afghanistan. His stint there, embedded in the United countries in a civilian-clothes position, permits him to jot down from the viewpoint of a UN safety officer, providing insights past those who could be won at the battlefield.
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For example, there was a chaplain in Kandahar who wanted to convert the Afghan people to Christianity. I felt that the story was reliable; it was related to me on a visit to Kandahar by an Iowa infantry National Guardsman serving in the Kandahar PRT, who provided security for the chaplain’s missions and observed his efforts firsthand. While this may seem a pious missionary endeavor, it is problematic for several reasons. First, the Afghan people are religious to a point well beyond the modern Western citizen of any religion.
Ismail Khan is well respected among Afghans for his successful efforts to repel Soviet invaders in the 1980s. At that time he developed connections with neighboring Iran that he likely still maintains today. After the Soviets finally pulled out of Afghanistan, Ismail Khan continued to maintain his power, successfully resisting the chaotic civil war that followed. Even during the regime of the Taliban, Khan was able to maintain a semiautonomous Herat Province and was able to prevent his people from being subjected to the extent of poverty and repression that the Taliban-controlled southern and eastern parts of the country experienced.
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