AFGHANISTAN: Marx and Allah

The new regime takes shape

Soviet-built T-62 tanks of the Afghan army guarded the main streets and principal government buildings of Kabul last week, but on many of them the turrets were draped with garlands and the gun tubes incongruously sprouted flowers.

Classes resumed at Kabul University, and the rug merchants in the bazaars haggled over prices with all of their prerevolutionary aggressiveness. About the only gunfire that could be heard in the city came when the newspapers reappeared. Citizens were so curious about the Communist reformers who in a bloody, 36-hour battle...

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