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A damning account of 'blow hot and cold' western interventionism in Afghanistan and the apparently remorseless double-dealing by its powerful neighbour. The book suggests that the Afghans may have the strength and resilience to determine their own future but it also highlights the desperately fragile state of the country in the wake of decades of fighting.
Illuminating account of an area that has been dogged by interference trying to impose foreign, supposedly modern, values and systems on a tribal society arrogantly thinking they we know best, instead of helping them secure their own civilisation. This should be prescribed reading for all Diplomats and Members of Parliament.
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Fascinating and accessible. You have to admire the guts and tenacity of the author in bringing together all the very personal stories which make up a large part of the main currents running through Afghanistan under America's engagement with that benighted Country.
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If anyone needs to have a clear vision of what the term failed State really means then this is the narrative to reach for. Pakistan comes off very badly in this account and one shudders to think that what we have here is a belligerent nuclear armed State mostly out of control. At the end you just feel incredibly sorry for the Afghans and just appalled by the actions almost everyone else.
I have been visiting Afghanistan since Carlotta Gall's dad, Sandy, was reporting there in the s. She gets it absolutely right about Pakistan's utterly two-faced policy towards the West. Pakistan - and its nukes - have always been the greatest threat, not the Taliban in Afghanistan.
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And this book proves the point eloquently. See all 12 reviews. Would you like to see more reviews about this item? You went to one of the madrasas, one of the places where many of these suicide bombers were coming from. We learned in Quetta that families give their sons to the madrasas. They go because — they go for the religious instruction and because it is free. So they give their sons, and then their sons have disappeared.
And they will be told they have gone off on a training exercise or some — to some other course somewhere. And, in fact, then they have been sent into Afghanistan. And then days later or weeks later, they would be told, your son is being martyred in a suicide attack. And it was a complete shock to these families. And we — I went around to try and find out what was happening. And I was amazed how these families didn't know, and then they were also terrified to speak. So, it really showed me that there was some covert war that had to be exposed. So, one of the pieces of your reporting that has a lot of attention from Americans is the idea that there was a special desk in Pakistan that was devoted to protecting Osama bin Laden.
That was the sort of bombshell that I learned right at the end, two years after he was killed in the raid that killed bin Laden. I did a lot of reporting. And, finally, I found this inside source who said that there was this one desk, and it was run by one man, so it was a totally deniable, typical special secret service-type of thing, and that his job was to handle him, but obviously to protect him, but then I think to use him for Pakistan's benefit. So they used to him to talk to other militant commanders, to rally them, to persuade them to go in the direction that was suitable for Pakistan.
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You know, one of the last chapters of your book, you talk about a community that actually began to take their own responsibility and rise up against the Taliban. And so I'm wondering, is that an anomaly, or is that a beacon that other communities might follow?
enter site I think it's a sign of what can happen if things — if there is enough security on the ground, because that came on the back of the American surge that was ordered in by Obama. And, so, you had a flood of troops going in, a lot of concentration of Afghan police and army as well. And so there was great security. Suddenly, you could drive around, and suddenly people could contact people, and the remote regions could contact the government.
And so, suddenly, when the balance of security changed, these people came over. They were really fed up with the Taliban. I don't — really don't think they support them out of a great choice. It's just they are intimidated. They are encouraged. They're paid. But there's — if there was security, they would think differently.
And so I think that showed that when you get the security right, when you get enough of a strong government, local — and it was the local government being strong that really mattered, not that there were foreign troops doing it — that was when they turned.
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