Another insightful commentary, thank you. Another possibility for nation building is for a leader to emerge internally and set the course. After the Turks chased out the British and Greeks, Gamel Mustafa, who became Ataturk, modernized and secularized Turkey in very spectacular fashion. Could such a leader emerge in Afghanistan? Will the Taliban produce a modernizer, as Turkey did? With the assassination of Massoud, did they lose their only hope? Ataturk was very fierce that Turks were NOT Arabs, who he saw as uneducated, lazy, backward thinking and under the thumb of theocracy. This is a message for today.

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