The problem is, that nearly everyone does not understand Islam and its followers. It is a political ideology, not a religion.
It's whole raison d'etre is built upon lies. Such as the 'religion of peace'. Islam means submission and the above phrase comes from the true meaning that, there will be no peace until everyone submits to Islam.
Readers who wish to have a simple introduction to Islam could do well to scan the following articles.http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2010/ ... hfork.htmlhttp://www.citizenwarrior.com/2009/05/t ... islam.html
Not least of the problem is that the Pashtuns put tribal loyalties first, before even their religion - the latter being a bastardised version of the creed. It is not a terribly good idea, in my mind, to get too obsessed with Islam - especially in the context of Afghanistan. The tribal factions will happily slit each other's throats, Islam notwithstanding.
The colonial British, in their own way, managed the tribes on the North West frontier, and the Pakistanis followed in their footsteps, using the same techniques ...http://defenceoftherealm.blogspot.com/2 ... efore.htmlhttp://defenceoftherealm.blogspot.com/2 ... ctory.html
It is as well to note that, at the heart of the British system was a corps of political officers, who lived in the diverse localities - politics came first and the administration took the time to understand the local politics, and work with them.
Now, from all accounts, we have military and short-term civil servants blundering in, with no local knowledge at all. Thus, in southern Afghanistan, one gets references to Baluchis as a tribe
, without the first idea of the historical background to the area.
Therein lies your problem ... we are in Afghanistan without understanding Afghanistan
, of which Islam is but a part. That is a sure way of committing suicide.