Kabul in the 1960s

In 1967, Dr. William Podlich and his family went to Afghanistan for two years while he taught at a teacher's college in Kabul. He took plenty of photographs during his stay, which show Aghanistan as a fairly progressive country in which foreigners were welcome, girls went to school, the military was strong, universities thrived, libraries and archaeological sites were protected, and lush parks were maintained. What a difference 40 years of war makes! See a selection of Dr. Podlich's photos at the Denver Post. Link -via the Presurfer


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I visited Afghanistan in Dec 2013, and it is nothing less than a tragedy to see these streets, towns, and the culture destroyed to crumbling ruins and puritanical misogyny. What a this great nation of harmony and prosperity has been reduced to- a wasteland of crumbling ruins, and soldiers on every corner watching for suicide bombers, and filthy.... I won't go on. Because for all It's faults, the people of Afghnistan are among the most industrious and hospitable people I have ever encountered in my travels. In'shallah, peace and tolerance will return to that land. Of course if you like your children uneducated beyond the Koran, and women cloaked in suffocating chadors, I take it all back.
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Your statement is probably more true anyone would ever admit. I found myself fascinated by the comments written in the blog; How do you explain war? The opinions of the individuals who witnessed it... are true... but when you piece everything together all that you have is a very crude skeleton.
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