Investing in a foreign nation after a prolonged period of conflict can be a risky endeavour. We are talking of course about war. Historically speaking, businesses, individuals and governments have been willing to invest in war-ravaged nations for two legitimate reasons: 1. it was in their strategic interests; 2. they thought they could make a profit. There is any number of apropos examples from the Marshal Plan to Solomonís Temple.
But in this article, we are going to discuss a more contemporary example, namely Afghanistan. Since 2001, the proud nation has served as the battleground between US and international forces and a homegrown, repressive regime known as the Taliban.
Of course, it is important to note that the people of Afghanistan do not support this murderous group or terrorists, drug dealers, thugs and thieves. In fact, more than anyone else they have suffered under the yoke of these so-called leaders. What does it mean to go here ? It means that you will be denied basic human rights and freedoms, especially if you are a woman. (more...)