Tuesday, June 28, 2011

For a better understanding......

of the war in Afghanistan I took out a copy of "Descent into chaos"  by Ahmed Rashid, a Pakistani journalist, who seems to be on friendly terms with many of the crucial players.  He paints a tangled picture of intrigue, corruption, mistakes in judgement and general incompetence of those involved in the  American invasion of Afghanistan, and its consequences.  It's hard to believe that peace will ever come to this region, including Pakistan and central Asia.  It's a fascinating read and I came away with a better knowledge of the people and places involved, and even admiration for the ordinary people who have endured so much, and for those who continue the struggle, against many odds, to bring some kind of stability here.

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