The Null Device

Afghanistan's latest high-profile faith-based programme has been completed, and two ancient Buddha statues, renowned throughout the world, are now but rubble, undoubtedly striking a blow for religious values and against the Godless liberal elites. On the bright side, though, the destruction of the statues eliminates one thing the Taleban could hold hostage to dissuade the West from condemning its oppression of women/support of terrorism. Had they relented under Western pressure or bribery, the price may have been an agreement to recognise the Taleban regime as rightful, cut off any covert aid to dissident groups, and not complain about its misogynistic policies, lest those statues come to harm.

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