Alexander the Great, the Taliban and women

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No one can live well under tyranny.PHOTO: Gallo images/reuters
No one can live well under tyranny.PHOTO: Gallo images/reuters

In his article, “Islamist dead-end” (The Witness, August 25), Gwynne Dyer writes that “the Taliban are Afghans, of course, but Islamist terrorism is primarily a phenomenon of the Arab world” and so implies (rightly) that the Afghans are not Arabs (i.e. a Semitic people), but does not clarify who or what they are.

In a recent interview with an array of foreign and local journalists, broadcast on CNN, the Taliban spokesperson asked local journalists to speak in Pashto, rather than Dari or Farsi, all of which are Indo-Iranian languages, belonging to the same family tree (Indo-European) as Greek, Latin, Sanskrit and English.

Those of you still interested in the cultural clout of labels such as “Caucasian” do well to remember that Afghans are much closer to the Caucasus than white South Africans.

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