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Where’s the rapture?

Here in Afghanistan, I already feel like the world is ending.
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Doves fly near a shrine in downtown Kabul on May 20, 2011. (Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images)

KABUL, Afghanistan — It has come as something of a relief to think that, after tomorrow, I may no longer have to worry about the future of Afghanistan, the stalled reintegration process, the collapse of Kabul Bank, my anemic retirement account, or, indeed, much of anything else.

This, at least, is the message being broadcast by Harold Camping’s Family Radio Worldwide, a Christian ministry that states without a doubt that the world will end on May 21. Believers will be taken up to heaven in what they call the Rapture, while the rest of us will have to endure several months of torment before the final reckoning.

This, of course, is news I could have used a bit earlier. I’ve been enduring years of torment in this land of endless war, where the situation seems to be constantly deteriorating on the one hand while progress is frequently reported on the other.

U.S. President Barack Obama announced in his Mideast speech last night that the Taliban momentum has been broken in Afghanistan. On the same day, an insurgent attack killed at least 35 construction workers in eastern Afghanistan, wounding 17 more. Some 20 more are reported missing and presumed to have been kidnapped.


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