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Why did we invade Afghanistan with troops? Sending Simon Cowell would’ve been far more effective. Afghan Star—yes, that nation’s version of American Idol—has garnered millions of viewers and generated a fair share of controversy. Islamic clerics (predictably) have blasted the show as immoral. More to the point, many wonder how Lima Sahar (at right in the photo) could have placed among the final three contestants, given her questionable ability.

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