Though these pictures show a little, Afghanistan actually looked better than that. It was a relatively advanced country. That all ends when the bombs fall however. Russia had the first round of destroying the place, then America finished the job.
As an Afghan, I lived till 1984, the country was still intact. Czechoslovakia Electric Trolley, Mercedes busses, and TATA running in the city of Kabul. I would not change my living to any other country till they made it so hard to live. People, weather they were southern or northern lived in my neighborhood. The Pashtun, tajik, hazara all lived on the same street. Poor but full of loving and living.
this is the country that Alexander the great called the country of lions. this is the country that fought the English while the rest of Asian countries go along with their empire. This is the country that fought the Russian and made the red army puke what they ate since world war 2. This is the country that made it possible to free Tajikistan, kergistan, and even brought the wall for German.
if you think the cold war was winnable by US, think again. It was this little thing called Afghanistan that basically ended the era of communism. The red Army still licking their wound from Afghanistan bite.
I love you Afghanistan. No matter how many countries I go to, how many citizenship I acquire, my hart and soul will be all yours
The thing that ended the country was religion pure and simple - today a news article about two young lovers beheaded by the woman's family because they were not married shows how much they have slipped backwards into dark ages. Nothing can save them now religion has taken over.