The customs that have emerged and survived greatly compliment its geo-strategic location, and a long tryst with invaders and individual empires.
Modern Afghanistan is well grounded in its beliefs and customs, even as it is open to change.
But don't think for one moment that money alone will buy this proud Slav.
However, a closer look at the region makes it easy to understand current events.
The people here flaunt a culture and tradition that are the result of ancient trade and migration.
This buffer state is no more one; it has emerged as a power to reckon with.
Afghanistan has always influenced world cultures and heritage, more than their military or political mindset.