An introspective look at the war in Afghanistan from the perspective of both the Coalition as well as the Taliban and other Afghani's by Canadian journalist Graeme Smith from 2005 to 2009 specifically in Kandahar and the surrounding area. Even handed, treating all participants with humanity this book is a very good look at why Nato countries and NGO's were not able to win the "Hearts and Minds" of the local populations. Definitely worth reading.
book is worth buying. didn't finish, but a very good read.
a backpacker's guide to 21st-Century Afghanistan, complete with dust storms, the charred humans remains of conflict, inscrutable denizens, their concerns, and the requisite moral indignation raised by our unwarranted intrusion in a culture we know nothing about
Interesting journalistic perspective on the Afghan conflict. I've tried to read everything I can on this situation to try and understand what really happened, or is happening and I found this to be balanced and deals with the views of the populace rather than the disinformation dispensed by the military. If you are interested in Afghanistan this is one of the books you should probably read.l
Alexander the Great tried to pacify the area that became Afghanistan. He failed and left. The British tried at leasr twice in the 19th century to subdue Afghanistan. They failed and left. The Soviet Union invaded the place in the 20th century and tried to impose their will on the Afghanis. They too failed and were forced to leave. So what's so different in the 21st century that made the "Coalition" forces think they could "fix" the country?
It just shows how morally bankrupt the US and people like Stephen Harper are. This year all the foreign troops will be gone. Try and guess what the Taliban is going to do when this happens. Hmmmm, I wonder. The only question is how many will be slaughtered. Not if, but when.
Good read about Afghans and specially how Taliban organization works, however he failed to mentioned the role of Al-Qaida in Afghan current and past present situation which played a significant role the things the way Taliban are dealing.
Graeme Smith roved throughout southern Afghanistan from 2005 to 2011. This book describes his experiences dealing with corrupt officials, drug mafias and insurgent villagers. Anyone trying to understand this complex situation shoudl read this book.
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