Kite Runner

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Corrupt Government and militarism in the Kite Runner
Throughout history, many countries have been diagnosed with a common global disease, corrupt government. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini displays Afghanistan as no exception. The Kite Runner tells a tale of two childhood friends whose lives are forever changed due to the corrupt government, and war in Afghanistan. A corrupt government coupled with a military presence can lead to fear amongst the people, cause civil wars to erupt, and bring with it the disaster of a nation. The military presence and corrupt government in Afghanistan creates fear among the people and destroys patriotism. Civil wars on the basis of class and race are promoted by the corrupt government. Afghanistan, once a peaceful nation on the verge of modernization falls victim to the corrupt hands of the Taliban who lead it to moral and economic regression.

The military presence leads to fear among the courageous Afghanis, and shatters patriotism. The Afghans are known to be brave and proud citizens of their homeland, but invading militaries cause chaos even amongst the brave. The Afghans have not always been accustomed to sound of explosions, and scenes of bloodshed. “The shootings and explosions had lasted less than an hour, but they frightened us badly, because none of us had ever heard gunshots in the streets. They were foreign sounds to us then”(38). This shows how in today’s Afghanistan, Afghani children hear the sounds of explosions more often than a lullaby, whereas in peaceful times, the citizens are unfamiliar with the sounds of bombs erupting. The chaos seen today started with the Russian military presence, and has continued on because of corrupt government. Hassan was frightened and shocked upon hearing those noises, just as the average Canadian child his age would be. The Afghanis are people filled with love, and patriotism for their mother land, but even then they had to leave their country out of...
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