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? 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.