Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Peoples of the World

Here’s a little bit of world trivia you may not have been aware of (I wasn’t until recently): The population of Afghanistan is actually significantly larger than that of Iraq. Iraq’s population is between 25 and 29 million (depending on the source) while there are nearly 32 million inhabitants of Afghanistan. Given the terrain and relative isolation of Afghanistan, I had assumed it had a population of maybe half that number. As the war there gets increasingly worse (and less popular with the people there) it makes me wonder if things might get as bad as they once were in Iraq. Or in Afghanistan under Soviet occupation.

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