May 26th, 2010
08:29 AM ET

Crackdown on alcohol, nightlife in Kabul?

A culture clash in Kabul. The Afghan government appears to be taking a harder line toward alcohol consumption. Afghan police last month raided restaurants popular with Westerners, seizing alcohol, even detaining foreign waitresses. Is it a symbol of increasing anti-Western sentiment or something far less sinister?

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  1. Hpcihgnx

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  2. Doziddup

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  3. Umbrella Stand ·

    i quite seem to enjoy my night life enjoying and attending parties, *

    November 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Parweez

    Dear John,
    iSlam has never allowed any kind of harmfull staff and try to understand the situation. sometimes we have to protect people against them self. this is a very good example of forcing democray to a country. How long deed it take to have democracy what we have in USA and EU? not eight years i know that for sure. I dont know why people are so short thinking.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Parweez

    when you sell alcohol in afghanistan, you are asking for trouble yourself. You cant force democray to country like Afghanistan where islamic law is the rule. As an Afghan I know that most of Afghanistan will never accept "night life" like this.

    so dont complain when they read you the law and try to accept the law of the country

    June 3, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John

    This is really perverted (as well as the arabs and their acidic culture) They are allowing people who grow heroin, which is 10 000 more harmful to society, but alcohol should be banned because Mohamed knew of alcohol 1300 years ago, but was not aware of heroin...this is BALONEY it's so funny it's pitiful.

    June 1, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. olivier legrand

    I am French, and as a sober and clean alcoolic for more of 20 years, I did learn to stay sober with vietnam veterans in USA, which is in my opinion the best country capable of fighting this desease , it is important and honest from CNN to talk about that issue, witch show to the planet what is the real freedom of spech

    May 30, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bernie S.

    If the Afgan government wishes to outlaw alcohol they certainly should have the right to present it to their people. Now this may sound a bit pro-USA but I feel our system for the most part does work best. Let the people vote, the government may be surprised how much support they receive and finally not feel as though they need to force laws upon their people.

    May 30, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  9. John B. Schroeder

    I support the Afghans right to deal with alcohol in their country. It has harmed and killed millions, whether legal or not. You all know alcoholics who have ruined their lives and others around them. For many, abstinence is the only way to handle alcohol. and reclaim their lives.

    May 30, 2010 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. Sam Lopper

    Oh come on,They have to Be just like THE PEACEFUL Americans,Drink,Smoke Pot,and Do Pills.........Thats Good for everyone,Just dont smoke CIGARETTES,You may only HARM YOURSELF and act NORMAL

    May 29, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. tim ford

    Well the bar owner must not have paid his tarriff tothe right person. In 2003 I was in Kabul, Chinesse french resturant, sign said no alchol for muslim, beer was on the list. If you were not from afghanistan beer was every where, corrupt, controlling and no different from U.S. I come from the south why do you think we still have dry counties, boootleggers, corrupt, working to make a dollar, this guy did not pay the right people off. Oh by the way they do not like alchol but will smoke hash in a hart beat.

    May 29, 2010 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jack

    Why all the comments about what the Afghans do in their own country – whetherit affects westerners, easterners or those in between. If people minded their own businesses and let others do the same, would it not be a happier place. The simple explanation is: If you want to have a drink, irrespective of what race or religion you may be, do not do so in Afghanistan as they do not like it. Quite a simple policy. No one likes someone coming into their house and doing what they want to. Consequently, they have the same rights to do as they please in their own country. Grow up people!

    May 28, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Smith in Oregon

    What a joke, the Alcohol which is strictly taboo in the Muslim belief is seized and yet the Karzai Family Clan continues its production, harvest and exportation of Heroin which carries the Death Sentence in nearly all Islamic neighboring country's, seems rather self-serving to me. Karzai's ban on Alcohol as a good Muslim and floods the entire region with Heroin.

    May 28, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Westerner in kabul

    These raids against well know bars started after the US told President Karzi to shape up and play by US rules. We think this is PAYBACK for that. Besides, it is their governmant making the money off the booze being sold..
    To all the "Experts" out there. Muslums DO drink alcohol. In Kabul they do it in the privacy of their own homes.

    May 28, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. XianSatanas

    If you really want to see a great Islamic coutry...go to Turkey. You can drink all you want...they are completely secular. Every Middle Easterner goes there for drugs, alcohol and women. Then they go back to their wearing gowns and acting like they are holy. What a crock? I live the Middle East. We drink alcohol, and the government sells it. This crap in Kabul is funny to me. I hope they drive out the Islamic Fundementalist. Why don't the Fundies just leave people alone. Practice your religion in your own house and don't force others to follow it. Be civilized.

    May 28, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  16. Noob

    As a side-note... the reason why Afghan police were raiding restaurants that serve alcohol is that alcohol consumption/selling/etc. is prohibited in Islam. In a country that has a Muslim majority, this makes perfect sense.

    May 28, 2010 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Suker

      In reality, they are going in because they are looking for a bribe. If you are caught doing something immoral (in allah's eyes), they know you will pay a premium to not go on trial for it. Afghans are opportunists. I saw too many Afghans breaking Ramazan. I thought before I went there that it was this great mysterious honorable religion. Not so much. Just as many infidels in Kabul as there are in NYC.

      June 2, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  17. Noob

    It's North Korea. You respond to hostility with hostility. Same story with Iran.

    (insert "Get a clue, moran!" picture here)

    May 28, 2010 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
    • kev

      "moran"? what is a moran?

      May 29, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • gigi

      and what hostility has iran done? it hasnt attacked anyone.

      May 31, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |