“It is as if someone is trying to hide the sun with two fingers.”

Another ‘lesson’ from the Northern Ireland Process, being implemented in a more systematic manner elsewhere…

Afghanistan’s government is rewriting history, literally.

The education ministry has endorsed a new history curriculum for school students that deletes nearly four decades of the country’s war-torn past.

The government says textbooks based on the new curriculum will help bring unity in a country traditionally polarised along ethnic and political lines.

But critics accuse ministers of trying to appease the Taliban and other powerful groups by erasing history that portrays them in a bad light. They say the government is trying to win over the Taliban before Nato and US forces leave the country.

Afghanistan is entering a hugely uncertain time post-Nato, during which tricky arrangements with the Taliban and other players are expected.

Read the whole thing.

Adds  As I’ve said before, some people would prefer that we forgot completely about the entire 20th Century…

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