Afghanistan: A Choice of Comrades

KABUL – Among the many things that are likely to surprise a visitor to this city is the Dari version of Marilyn Manson’s Personal Jesus that’s playing on the radio these days. There is also the exuberant courtesy, solicitousness and friendliness of the place, and the fact that at least four million people live here now. That’s about ten times the population of 30 years ago. The city’s motor registry department adds 8,000 new vehicles to its rolls every month.

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