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Celebrate Diversity (Nation-Building Edition)

The Toronto Star has an interview with the last Jew in Afghanistan:

However resolute Simintov remains about practising his faith, he is embittered — even enraged — by misfortune and by the failure of the U.S-led NATO force to create conditions for peace and security without the threat of the Taliban.

“It is better to see a dog than to see an American,” he said. “If the situation in the country gets worse, I will escape.”

He’s not the first infidel to head for the exits:

Other religions have fared even worse than Judaism.

There are no Afghan Christians left, at least none who is open about it, and the only permanent church is inside the Italian diplomatic compound. There is a small Hindu population, but it is shrinking rapidly.

This happened on America’s watch, and is shameful. For Jews, Christians and Hindus, half-a-decade of Taliban dictatorship is apparently easier to survive than twelve years in a US client state.

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.


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