a reply to: CharlieSpeirs
The thing is Charlie, that Tajikistan is today, very much like Afghanistan was during the sixties.
Advancing, modernising slowly, and at a pace which many seem to be at least able to tolerate, if they are not quite over the moon about it.
Furthermore, it is a place where there is not the same sort of sectarian nonsense as there is in some nations with similar backgrounds in the
However, I very much doubt that they have avoided the issues across the border in Afghanistan, by sitting there and saying "Well, there is no real
answer to the spread of radicalisation. Because there is no answer, we had best take no action, and let what happens, happen."
If they did that, they would not be enjoying the sort of freedom from extremism that they have when compared with some of their regional neighbours.
Evidently they have a methodology that works for them, and has done for some time. It must also be said that in Afghanistan, the mode of dress for
Muslim gentlemen has changed somewhat over the years. Sure, there have always been traditional hats and gowns, but in the sixties a fellow could walk
about in a very western suit and have no one bat an eyelid. Ladies would cover up, or not as they saw fit to the point where many used to walk about
in miniskirts, ladies could work, and learn, and drive and all that other stuff. In fact, women in Afghanistan were given the vote BEFORE women in the
US and only a year later than women in the UK!
It's only been since the invasion by Russia, the subsequent rise of the militancy to fight it (supplied, funded and ably assisted by US intelligence
assets) that those rights began to be rolled back, and back and back to the point where Afghanistan is considered by many to be the worst place on the
planet to be born female. This is NOT a product of culture, or a product of the national religion. The religious demography of Afghanistan has not
changed drastically over the years, but the manner in which it is practiced certainly has. By an awfully big margin.
Now, the government of Tajikistan are looking across at all that, and thinking "Well...nope. I do not want that backwoods nonsense on my doorstep,
thank you very much. I like my freedoms, and I am sure my wife does as well. I think screw that, and the horse it rode in on."
And one has to ask, if Muslim women were perfectly fine wandering about in miniskirts, with bare arms, hair flowing in the breeze in the sixties,
then why do Afghan elements think it necessary to insist that everyone follow their example? If it is because they find it easier to control people
they have oppressed, then it is perfectly obvious that trying to prevent what the government of Tajikistan see as a cultural backslide, inserted from
across their borders, does not comprise a ban on cultural identity, but an effort to protect the culture they have from a very close neighbouring
countries most predatory warlords and their insane dogma.
edit on 26-1-2016 by TrueBrit because: Spelling error removed.