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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Afghanistan is the world's third most unstable country and guess who's #22?

so, here i am, a new arrival to kabul, and what do i read but this...
Iraq has emerged as a more stable country than Afghanistan, thanks to lower violence, the presence of a large U.S.-led international force and high oil prices, according to a report published on Tuesday.

The report by the British-based Jane's Information Group ranked Afghanistan as the world's third most-unstable country after the Gaza Strip and West Bank, and Somalia.

not only does the above not give me a great deal of comfort, but i also just received an email from the security company that works with the contractor i'm here working for telling me that there is a possible serious riot that may take place here in kabul over the next three days which could leave us all locked up in our quarters... am i having fun yet...?

to top things off, here's a sad but not terribly surprising tidbit from the same report...

Vatican City was ranked most stable, followed by Sweden, Luxembourg and Monaco. But Jane's judged the United States to be only the 22nd most stable country -- just below Australia and Portugal -- due to international drug trafficking and the proliferation of small arms within U.S. society.


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