Monday, May 08, 2006

A very interesting passage

from Ahmed Rashid's Taliban. He compares the boys who made up the Taliban with the men of the Mujahideen.

"Many of the Taliban had spent their lives in refugee camps in Baluchistan and NWFP province of Pakistan, did not even know the history of their own coutry or the history of the jihad against the Russian. These boys were a world apart from the Mujaheddin whom I had got to know during the 1980s - men who could recount their tribal and clan lineages, remembered their abandoned farms and valleys with nostalgia and recounted legends and stories from Afghan history. These boys were from a generation who had never seen their country at peace...and had no memories of their tribes, their elders, their neighbours."


This situation is analogous to so many social movements that I cant think of any one immediately.

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