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Afghanistan must live in the here and now instead of repeating bloody history
The Guardian, 25 November 2012
Yesterday was Ashura day, when Shia Muslims commemorate the death of Imam Hussein. It is the holiest day in their calendar, and during the last decade Sunni extremists have marked it with suicide bombing attacks against the processions that are the culmination of the preceding monthMuharram. When I read of President Karzai's attendance at an Ashura ceremony in Kabul, after two suspected suicide bombers had been arrested, I remembered my own Afghan childhood.