July 23, 2007

NO COUNTRY WAS EVER IMPROVED BY DITCHING THE MONARCHY:

Last King of Afghanistan Dies (JASON STRAZIUSO, 7/24/07, AP)

Afghanistan's last king, a symbol of unity who oversaw four decades of peace before a 1973 palace coup ousted him and war shattered his country, died Monday. He was 92.

Mohammad Zahir Shah's demise ended the last vestige of Afghanistan's monarchy and triggered three days of national mourning for a man still feted as the "Father of the Nation" since his return from exile after the 2001 ouster of the Taliban.

Though he was not always effective during his 40-year reign, Zahir Shah is remembered warmly by his conflict-weary countrymen for steering the country without bloodshed.

When the fall of the Taliban in 2001 offered fresh hope for national reconciliation, many clamored for Zahir Shah's return—not only to his homeland but to the throne.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 23, 2007 9:51 PM
Comments

NO COUNTRY WAS EVER IMPROVED BY DITCHING THE MONARCHY

Tell that to George Washington.

Posted by: ic at July 24, 2007 2:08 AM

America wasn't improved?

Posted by: Etal at July 24, 2007 6:55 AM

No, it wasn't.

Posted by: oj at July 24, 2007 7:47 AM

How can you be so sure?

Posted by: erp at July 24, 2007 7:57 AM

Had Washington lost the Revolutionary War, we today would look like Britain - unarmed citizens locked in their homes after dark so as to avoid those who do have arms.

Posted by: obc at July 24, 2007 4:05 PM

The bloody Revolution, the wasteful War of 1812, continued slavery, the Civil War, etc.. All can be laid directly at its doorstep.

Posted by: oj at July 24, 2007 7:45 PM

oj's dead on on this one.

And we would've got our independence eventually, peacefully.

Not to mention, we'd be true football fans, and there'd probably be American EPL franchises.

Not to mention English MLB teams.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at July 24, 2007 8:32 PM

Rounders was a better game.

Posted by: oj at July 24, 2007 11:16 PM
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