Is Afghanistan really ready for ? or does it even want ? a Western-style legal system? From tribal tradition and Islamic law to the mountainous geography itself, obstacles to building a successful and lasting justice system in Afghanistan are myriad. Americans are just the latest to try to make their mark. The Soviet Union, the Mujahideen, the Taliban, all said, "our ideas will last a thousand years," says the U.S. ambassador. As a result, "there's a little skepticism here about people who have good ideas." How Western missteps and cultural issues are blocking the road to reform.
The Most Revolutionary Concept
December 1, 2008
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