Navigating America's Other War

Kudos to TIME for getting it right on Afghanistan [April 20]. Cash-for-work job programs are the best initial solution in a country where Taliban commanders, financed by opium and other illegal activities, are buying the loyalty of poverty-stricken young men. It may come as a surprise to many Americans that fitness and weight-lifting are fast-growing crazes in Kabul and a popular cult figure is California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The governor's likeness can be found at makeshift gyms throughout the city, which use cinder blocks and old Soviet tank parts for equipment. To many young Afghans, Schwarzenegger embodies...

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