Fundamentalist Islam: The Taliban Regime
This essay is a treatise on the invalidity of the Taliban's theocratic government of Afghanistan. It is my assertion that the Taliban, while Islamic in show, does not truly support the ethics of Islam. In addition, they did not provide for the people and did not fulfill any of their 'campaign promises.' The Afghan people did not benefit from Taliban-style control. The Taliban's reprehensible misuse of the Islamic religion to justify tyrannical rule over Afghanistan was made possible only by imposing their unique interpretation of Islamic tradition upon the Afghan people. In truth, the Islamic religion does not justify the Taliban's method of government, nor their dehumanizing and ultimately un-Islamic policies regarding women. With the events following 11 September 2001, the Taliban have fallen and Afghanistan's interim government now works towards peace and stability. This is a great improvement over the Taliban regime, which after a time lost public support because of their continuing warfare with dissidents. Yet even with the Taliban all but gone, Afghanistan is still in a state of peril. It remains to be seen whether the government can hold authority. If past is prologue, the Afghan government could again degrade into civil war, clan intrafighting, or another Taliban-like regime. As scholars and citizens of the world, it is our responsibility to understand oppressive and dysfunctional governments such as the Taliban, and make sure they do not arise again.