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Great booking ... eseential reading.
on 25 July 2017
Briliiant book! Explains in great and unbiased detail how idealogues in the US government in the late seventies and during the Reagan years literally created the Islamist movement in Pakastan and Afganistan. They were so obsessed with undermining the Soviets, they never thought what they were creating in the process. Despite many of those involved doing everything to avoid Vietnam, they did exactly the same thing, underestimating the local "partners" who played both sides (US and Russia) and also misreading the true motivations on the local people. Essential reading for anyone how wants to understand the roots of ISIS and any other extremist organisation. Situations like Afganistan were never idealogical problems, they are social problems and the sooner the Western govenments understand this (especially the US), the sooner some sort of balance is more possible. However, too much damage may have already been done and it is too late.