Seems like there will be Hell up in Afghanistan soon. The CBC made a neat little Flash thing for learning about the region. This map is sort of handy as well. What both representations leave out is an identifying tag for one of Afghanistan’s neighbours: China. Do we all realizing we are planning a war in China’s back yard? It doesn’t seem that China would oppose military action in Afghanistan, but they will definitely be cautious and do not want to see an increased US military presence in the region.
Here’s another good article from before the tragedy. It’s written by Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf, so it’s not from the typical Western point of view.