The Human Element and the Analytic Process

Yesterday’s Nightwatch newsletter mentions, in passing, the ban – in Afghanistan – on importing pre-2000 automobiles, or those with right-hand drive, as one reason for that country’s shortfall in customs taxes last year. This interesting tidbit of information raises a number of questions:

Why ban cars made before the year 2000? Who benefits? Are Afghan used-car salesmen that powerful of a political lobby? Are western auto makers behind the ban? Or – cue laugh track – was the decision simply motivated by public-spirited safety concerns on the part of the Afghan puppet government?

How about this: Is this the first step towards banning older, less safe, and less efficient vehicles from Afghan roads? With no domestic automobile manufacturers exerting influence on the legislative process, could Afghanistan be setting itself up to improve its vehicle emissions and traffic safety, the way the United States should but won’t? If that’s true – which is a big if – it raises two more, equally fascinating questions: Is the Afghan government, such as it is, capable of enforcing that sort of wide-spread, national law? And last but not least, does Islam approve of demolition derbies? 🙂

Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', Geekiness, General | on April 21st, 2008| Comments Off on The Human Element and the Analytic Process

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