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Over 20 killed in Pakistan’s violent demonstrations

Ok, so this is mostly about Pakistan, but it illustrates the absurdity of the entire region:  Over 20 killed in Pakistan’s violent demonstrations | The AfPak Channel.

Jay Leno couldn’t put together a better gem than this. . .

Pakistan’s official “Day of Love for the Prophet Muhammad” turned into a day of deadly protests on Friday. . .

Doesn’t that say it all?  Yet there is more.  From the “say it ain’t so” stack. . .

A senior Chinese official, domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, made China’s first high-level visit to Afghanistan in almost 50 years on Saturday, speaking with President Hamid Karzai on a range of economic and security issues (Reuters, AJE, CNN, Tel, BBC). While in Kabul, Zhou signed a security agreement that includes a pledge to “train, fund, and equip Afghan police” among other things, as analysts say China is looking to increase its presence in Afghanistan ahead of the withdrawal of NATO combat troops in 2014.

Imagine that, we borrow billions of Yen to spend billions of Dollars so the Chinese can come in and take over.  Sounds about right.

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Afghan past created on Hollywood set

Just as some nuts are inclined to believe that a missile took down the Pentagon and President Bush orchestrated 9/11 (yet was the dumbest president in history), Foreign Policy filed the photo essay Once Upon a Time in Afghanistan. . . which is bound to create some doubters.

Industry, education, medicine, textiles, public transportation, music.  It seems like an impossible past for the city of Kabul.  The older Afghans assure us that this is the way in was (at least in Kabul) and books and movies like The Kite Runner attest to the same.

It’s a good story that gives hope that Afghanistan can climb its way out of the middle ages again–even if it requires a moon shot.