For the first time in two decades, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is recommending that Afghanistan be designated as a major violator of religious freedom due to what it calls a significant deterioration of freedom in that country.
That the Taliban is encountering resistance in their quest to be recognized as the official government of Afghanistan should not come as a surprise. That they want to be legitimized on the global level, however, is an even more important development.
Historians trace the Taliban’s origins to the early and mid-1990s, when Afghanistan was facing social upheaval after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The word “Taliban” means “students” in Pashto, one of the languages spoken in Afghanistan. The Taliban is a U.S.-designated terrorist organization.