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on 14 May 2015
Yes the title is difinatly correct I feel so sorry for the people of Afghanistan thousands killed and maimed by Interventionism when the Pakistan state has supported the Taliban and used them for there own ends while pocketing multiple millions in military and economic aid. The worse thing of all is the West know but dont seem to care about doing any thing about it. Calotta Gall has folled in her Fathers foot steps in bringing the sad truth out about Afghanista. I would recommend this book (and her Dads) Sandy Gall's War against the Taliban, also Losing Small Wars by Frank Ledwidge for all interested in the truth about this sad area of intervention.
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on 24 May 2014
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.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.
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on 23 October 2014
I have been visiting Afghanistan since Carlotta Gall's dad, Sandy, was reporting there in the 1980s. 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. And this book proves the point eloquently.
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on 11 January 2016
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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on 6 September 2014
Surprised how the US intelligence failed to spot the enemy in their partner.
Will Pakistan's obsession of advancing towards its (warped) national interests at any cost destroy itself?
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on 12 September 2015
Good read, made you think!
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on 20 May 2014
It really hurts when one has been assisting an enemy for years to remain an obstacle for his own big goals
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on 25 December 2014
Very interesting. I trust that the Americans can learn from this book.
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on 19 July 2014
very good seller no problems
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on 10 September 2014
Great Book
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