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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 28 Oct. 2007
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This review is from: The Deniable Agent: Undercover in Afghanistan (Paperback)
This comes across mainly as a "boy's own" adventure tale gone wrong, although there is no denying Colin Berry's suffering while doing time in an Afghan prison. Perhaps if he had done his homework he would never have gone there in the first place, what did he expect? The book paints a very narrow and negative picture of Afghans and Afghanistan and the author appears to have very little empathy or sympathy for a people that have battled the odds against 30 years of war and conflict.
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Initial post: 13 Nov 2007 15:48:42 GMT
Elderberry22 says:
No doubt you are young idealistic and in a protected position i.e. surrounded by green or should I say sand coloured people . You should try and remember that I and others were there first in the 80's and then again just before a mass troop build up - this was to prevent you from facing some serious fire-power. Whilst it it may be nice to think romantically about the warm evenings and the exotic people that live in Afghanistan - you dream on - and at your peral. I strongly suggest you start re-educating yourself by reading some history books, start a few hundred years back and you'll find that no one has stayed the course as occupier or advisor to the Afghans. In the end all were atttacked, tortured or killed, because thats what they do, thats their nature. I guess its always hard for people like you to imagine anyone being different, with different values but it exists. Wake up and smell the coffee or opium in this case!

Colin Berry

Posted on 8 Dec 2007 00:55:37 GMT
Atat says:
Dave from Kabul, quite simply you're an idiot liberalist fool, brainwashed by the other student layabouts around you.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2008 14:50:03 BDT
Elderberry22 says:
Nice one.....Atat

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Feb 2014 12:21:20 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Feb 2014 12:26:00 GMT
Fire Guard says:
isn't Mr Berry implying that Dave is either some kind of HQ bod or a civilian advisor out there(surrounded by green/sand coloured (ie camo) people) - so not quite sure how he is surrounded by student layabouts as surely there are not many of them in Kabul nowadays. Also ref him being a liberal fool etc, surely the fools too are those on the right in the US and UK who thought that our actions in Afghanistan would turn out any more successful than any others of the last 100 years - we seem to have spent a lot of blood and treasure mainly it seems for the benefit of who? I don't see the liberal left in charge of companies like Haliburton or the various PMCs

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Feb 2014 08:42:49 GMT
Dave Mac says:
Hey Colin (and Atat below), I only discovered your comment today through an e-mail I received. Better late than never. Well, I wish I was young and idealistic. In 2007 I was 60 and kind of realistic I'd like to think. The only bit of Afghanistan I haven't been to is Qandahar. From 2003 onwards I was an Advisor to the Ministry of Counter Narcotics in Kabul. From 1999 I was the UNODC Drug Demand Specialist for Afghanistan (you might want to check out my book "Drugs in Afghanistan: Opium, Outlaws and Scorpion Tales" if you think I'm idealistic about Afghans and Afghanistan - attacking and killing occupiers seems normative to me, the Scots did it with the English a few centuries ago. But to say its in the Afghans' "nature" is simply untrue, I have many peaceful Afghan friends and I guess by your logic we Scots are all killers as well. By the way, I was never surrounded by "green or sand-coloured people", in fact for a good period of time I was in Kabul I was a completely free agent with my own car and driver. Sometimes best to check the facts before writing reviews.
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