I fail to see the connection; the coup in 1973 (led by Zahir Khan's brother in law Mohammed Daoud-the article does not mention this detail) was effected to speed up reforms, not stop them. The liberal Daoud government accelerated the reforms and was generally a forward thinking and liberal adminstration-though these reforms only affected urban Afghanistan, as the rural areas stayed traditionally Islamic.
When the PDPA ousted the Daoud government, they were certainly brutal about the way they implented their new rule; though crucially, they declared Afghanistan to be ATHEIST, and closed almost all the mosques. Men had to cut their Islamic beards off, and burqas, niqabs etc were banned. They banned bride price and forced marriage among others and the minimum age for marriage was raised. Why doesn't your question (or the CNN article mention) ANY of this? Amin and Taraki (the two main PDPA leaders) duked it out for control of Afghanistan, and the Soviets invaded when Taraki was killed, to try and stabilise the place. Bear in mind that the most active and dangerous opponents to the Soviet invasion were deeply Islamic tribesmen who wanted Afghanistan returned to its old fundamentalist self. Yes, these were the men that the USA labelled Freedom Fighters, and spent billions aiding, arming, and training during Operation Cyclone, which of course led to the formation of the Taliban.
Why doesn't your question say "30 years ago Afghanistan had minimal Islamic influence on its surrounding nations, there was no al-Qaeda, no terrorism, and women were free to wear what they liked. Then the USA f#cked it all up. Why?"
· 9 years ago