We fail to prevent many atrocities, but we don't sanction them, surely? Our laws are very liberal and huggy-friendly, generally. Our policemen can't even search us without reasonable cause. I'd say we have morals up the rear passage. The atrocities are committed by a few random wayward members of our society, not at the behest of our leaders. And even then, our atrocities are fairly mundane. Some prisoners tied up naked here, one old guy going crazy and shooting pedestrians there. Compared to some of the activities officially and repeatedly sanctioned by the Taliban, that's a trip to the corner shop. Honestly, I know it makes me a bit jingoist, but I'm comfortable saying that the Taliban are horrifically amoral and that we're mostly good guys. That's just how it looks to me. I agree with you that nobody's perfect, and that there are probably plenty of conscientious, right-in-their-own-minds people in the Taliban, but judging both groups/societies by their overall effects, "Angels and Devils" isn't too far off.