Ahmad Massoud, Man of the The Hour


The Taliban are mostly Pashtun. Massoud is Tajik. His father, Ahmad Shah Massoud, was the leader of the Northern Alliance before he was assassinated, and before the Northern Alliance overthrew the Taliban with American help. Ahmad Massoud was 12 when his father died. He went to Iran, then England where he trained for a year at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst before obtaining his Master's degree in International Politics from City, University of London, in 2016.So we have a British military cadet, with a Master's degree, who speaks fluent French and has met the French President, at the head of the Afghan resistance. One could hardly invent a more attractive antidote to the bearded thugs now in charge of the country.

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