All Together Now: Afghanistan is not Switzerland

Let me be frank: I can't hear it anymore.

Did ever anyone say that Afghanistan should or would become Switzerland? Afghans definitely didn't.

Afghans I had spoken to during my stay in the last Taliban years, wanted their country to become ‘a country like all others' again and to elect their leaders themselves. I am not talking about the ‘small circle of urban intellectuals' (the usual counter-arguments when you say something like this). No, I heard it from tailors, bakers and other people in the Kabul bazaar. And if you look carefully into the 2001 Bonn agreement on Afghanistan, the document on which the post-2001 political process is based, it becomes obvious that the maltreated country was supposed to become Afghanistan again.


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