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Originally posted by Sonya610
Afghanistan was actually one of the most modern countries in the Middle East before the Russians got involved. Everyone with any education or money got out over the years, and the folks that were left were the poorest with the least opportunities.
[edit on 1-12-2008 by Sonya610]
Originally posted by 04326
i don't find that hard to believe at all. a little like iran of the old days which used to be a hive of modernism in the region with a bustling economy. I reckon if things were not hijacked by the whole fanatism, the it would have been similiar to present day turkey.