> Vol. 1, No 4. 2010 > A Net Shift for Afghanistan?

John Arquilla
A Net Shift for Afghanistan?


11 2010
Some three millennia ago, the Persian philosopher Zoroaster dubbed mountainous Afghanistan “the land of the high flags.” But there is far more to its identity than the powerful shaping influence of terrain upon its culture; there is above all the paradox of the Afghan peoples themselves. Xenophobic from time immemorial, they are nonetheless a mix of Aryans, Greeks, Chinese, Indians, Mongols, and others.