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Post 9/11 Afghanistan Essay

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Introduction
On September 11, 2001 the United States' economy, government, and national defense were left crippled. Members of Al Qaeda, a militant Islamic group, hijacked and crashed planes into two World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and an attempted to attack the White House as well (9/11 Commission Report). Al Qaeda controlled many training camps in Afghanistan along with the Taliban, who called themselves the "religious leaders" of the country (Chayes 64). At first, they appeared as heroes in the eyes of the people, as they fought the Soviet invaders and promised to restore Afghanistan to its original state. Although, their religious views stopped the progression of the country ...view middle of the document...

The new allies removed the Taliban from the region, while reconstruction and development were in process. This new change provided medical services for 2 300 citizens, built 10 new schools and brought in 260 tons and one million dollars of aid (The Punishment of Virtue). The Taliban members who ruled Afghanistan, had views of ethnic purity and made their Islamic views the new laws of the country, calling them the Islamic Code of Rights (The Taliban). In the national bestselling book called The Kite Runner which was written by Khaled Hosseini, a character named Assef is known to believe in a superior race. This Afghan-German character was influenced by Adolf Hitler and grew up to become a leader of the Taliban. Hosseini displays the tensions between the majority group of Pashtuns and the minority of Hazaras. Which in reality, the Taliban is populated of Pashtuns who continue to degrade Hazaras and display themselves as above all. On August 8, 1998, the Taliban openly massacred 2 000 to 5 000 Hazaras, making it the largest mass killing in the history of Afghanistan (The Taliban). The group largely opposed the influence of Western culture on their country, as they believed it is against their religion. Apart from their hate for racial minorities, they prevented the succession and development of women. They ignored their basic human rights and women lost their freedom of speech and employment. They were forced to wear burqas, which restricted them to show any part of their body, which coincidently is different from Western society. The American troops focused on re-building Afghanistan and bringing civil rights for all. Many countries decided to remove their troops from Afghanistan after the Taliban were brought down, unlike the US who believed that "the terrorists who attacked [America] on...

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