Consider the impact that Elvis's hips had on American cultural mores in the 1950s. Afghani media entrepreneur Saad Mohseni says that's where Afghanistan is today. Yet due to access to media and technology, the rate of change is greatly accelerated, meaning "Afghanistan will resemble the western world vis-à-vis media probably in the next five to ten years," Mohseni says.
How can change be accelerated in those parts of the world that are politically and culturally backwards, say North Korea or Iran?
Salman Rushdie suggests we drop Nintendos and Big Macs on Iran from airplanes.
Not so fast, says Jere Van Dyke, a journalist who was imprisoned by the Taliban. He argues that U.S. meddling in Afghanistan created what the CIA calls "blowback" which led to Al Qaeda and the destruction of Afghanistan.