Mansions in Kabul

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by awmazz, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. awmazz macrumors 65816

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    This post was inspired by the community thread on expensive homes in the US and an observation I had about the excessive homes of the French wealthy aristocrats while the rest of the population lived in poverty, ie no wonder there was a revolution..

    So what's your opinion, gut reaction, to the whole streets of mega million dollar mansions being built in Kabul in Afghanistan now by corrupt govt and army officials using 'aid' money while the rest of the population struggles in poverty and seethes in resentment?

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    Personally, I won't be surprised and actually expect when, not if, these people are put up against a wall and shot (unless these thieves and brigands can flee with their suitcases full of stolen cash to the US or Europe first). This war/occupation was lost when the first brick of the first mansion was laid in my opinion, and *we let them*. It's only a matter of time.

    Up until recently, resentful poor people would gravitate to communist or socialist causes to overthrow corrupt greedy appholes, especially those being supported by foreign armies which gave them a 'nationalist' angle to their cause (eg South Vietnam). But in my opinion, in the void left by the USSR to provide funding and support the religious fundamentalists have stepped in over the last 20 years to take up this nationalist peoples mantle. This isn't a war about religion. It's about pissed-off poor people. Always has been. The religionists are just taking advantage of the opportunities handed to them. Same everywhere else in the middle east and Pakistan etc imo.
     
  2. Shivetya macrumors 65816

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    The corrupt never seem to learn, perhaps they think their guns can do what ours have not?
     
  3. skunk macrumors G4

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    Opium, either actual or televisual, soothes the anger of the masses in many countries while the often corrupt super-rich live among them but on a completely different planet. Our own countries suffer from similar contrasts, but hidden by a more effective and complex veneer.
     
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    The Taliban will occupy these homes if (when?) they oust the current corrupt Western-backed leaders. The vast majority of the people shall remain in poverty. At least now they are poor and relatively free.
     
  5. kavika411 macrumors 6502a

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    I admit regularly that I am neither as well-read, nor as well-whatever as most people in this forum. With that admission, what do your two sentences mean in the context of the OP? Thanks.
     
  6. skunk macrumors G4

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    Methinks you are being a trifle disingenuous. The flaunting of obscene wealth is not confined to Kabul, it's just more obvious.
     
  7. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    Not that I disagree that poverty and resentment are key drivers, but at least some (if not most) of these mansions are actually rented out as office buildings. Perhaps their owners intend to use them as homes at some point.
     
  8. Queso macrumors G4

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    Maybe once they are complete the USA can buy the entire street, put a wall around it and declare it an embassy ;)
     
  9. kavika411 macrumors 6502a

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    While I'm not above being sarcastic, I honestly had no idea what you were saying.

    I don't think the point of the OP was that obscene wealth is confined to Kabul, nor that it is less obvious there.
     

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