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Look if you can stomach it at the horrific images of Zarkhunda’s lynching. Again a totally veiled woman, no face showing, like Zarmina, savagely beaten with sticks and stoned … scrutinise the henchmen shouting Allah-u-Akhbar. No bearded Taliban here or shalwar-kamiz, but young men, some teenagers, slick short hair, leather jackets, jeans, wielding sticks and cell phones to film the scene. . Looking just like their contemporaries anywhere on the planet, these kids do not appear to be older than 25 which means that they all benefited, however diminutively from the possibilities afforded to them by the nascent institutions of Post-Taliban Afghanistan. Something comparable could be said for all the thousands leaving Europe and parts of North Africa (especially Tunisia) to join the ranks of ISIS. They are not all illiterate and starving, nor victims of some imperialist plot.

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