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The Taliban do not operate in terms of maximizing material gain, otherwise they would've long abandoned Islam and adopted western values (to simplify the term) trying to gain international support that way. They operate within the framework of their understanding of Islam, which is rooted in the Deobandi school of thought, a Sunni school of thought within ...


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I would challenge the frame of the question: many in the West are concerned about these hijab bans. Attitudes towards religious freedom, as well as free speech, are both far more absolutist in the US than in some other Western democracies, and in the US such a law would be both extremely unpopular, and unconstitutional. Indeed, your exact point was made in a ...


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Probably not, but some came close My understanding of the question is that it primarily is asking whether a Secretary of Defense who held that office during a war ever admitted that the war itself as a strategic error. That seems unlikely, and some searching was unable to find an example, although that does not prove definitively that it never happened. In ...


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Strategic decisions of that importance are inherently political and, in the US, the president's responsibility. The military's job is to offer several solutions to reach the goals it is given and assess the risks and costs (human and material) of the various options. Military leaders (especially retired staff-level experts, rarely active-duty top-level ...


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Considering that the West subsidized the Afghan government, any payment would have been an accounting fiction. Something like half the government budget was aid in recent years. Afghanistan had several billion dollars trade deficit per year. So any money the Afghans might have had to pay could not have been earned in-country. The US government "...


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To put in a simple manner, secularism in the West is divided in two groups/forms, Anglo-based secularism, followed by countries such as UK, USA, Canada, Australia, etc. and French-based laïcité. Secularism is based on freedom of religion, and laïcité is based on freedom from religion. This is why the hijab bans are in countries such as France and Switzerland,...


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Starting back with W. Bush, the US expected it could build an effective political culture in Afghanistan, a condition in which Afghans became accustomed to the benefits of political rights, appreciated the implicit power representative governance gave them, and developed aspirations for their future and the future of their children that would break up ...


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I take strong issue with at least two of the three main premises of the question, which seem to be as follows: France and Canada and unnamed other countries have banned the wearing of the hijab, and are representative of the "West" in their attitudes toward "hijab-practicing" Muslims. Wearing the hijab is an essential part of "...


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All the potential political background aside, there is a fundamental qualitative difference between Banning a particular thing and requiring a particular thing: Banning one piece of item removes one option from a huge list of choices (in the example: also many that are fine with the beliefs of most Muslims) Requiring one particular attire removes all but ...


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The Taliban are a theocratic organization who derives their concept of "gain" in terms of a faith based system centering on moral or spiritual capital, rather than a western\capitalist system where the concept of gain is centered on economic capital. They "gain" a closer adherence to "the correct way to live" in accordance to ...


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Not sure what you mean. The military was the last one out from the evacuations as far as I know, on Aug 30th. And that withdrawal had to be done by a timeline already extended from the Doha accord, to Sept 1st. While the whole mess is deeply regrettable and while the evacuations were chaotic, too late and insufficient, I don't see how the US could have ...


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I have only observed the situation in France in passing and I have almost no idea what the situation is in Canada or elsewhere in the western world. However, I did witness the situation in Germany where there was a big discussion (Kopftuchstreit, litereally dispute concerning headscarves) in the first decade of this millenium and multiple attempts at banning ...


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Afghanistan is rich in deposits of iron, copper, lithium, rare earth elements, cobalt, bauxite, mercury, uranium and chromium. Perhaps the most significant of those is lithium - for battery technolgy. This site appears to know what it is talking about on the subject. The country's mineral wealth has been estimated at more than a trillion dollars. My guess is ...


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Note: all quotes in this answer are taken from this website, and according to Wikipedia they’re the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for China. Political Influence and an UN seat. The Taliban are likely to take over most, if not all of Afghanistan soon, and since they are recognized by most major powers, it is not possible for them to get a seat on the UN general ...


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