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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful book on why NATO should withdraw from Afghanistan, December 30, 2010
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William Podmore (London United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan (Paperback)
This useful book is in four parts: the wars for Afghanistan; the Karzai government's incompetence, corruption and the war on women; facts on the ground; and the case for withdrawal.

Governments used to tell us the fate of the empire was at stake in every war. Now they tell us the fate of civilisation is at stake, or national security, or NATO. These exaggerations are a mirror image of the fundamentalists' claim that Islam's survival is at stake.

Women had equal rights and education only between 1979 and 1989, under secular, Marxist rule. In 2008, President Karzai pardoned a bunch of thugs who had gang-raped a woman in front of witnesses. In 2009 he passed a family law worthy of the Taliban. In Afghanistan's constitution, no law may contravene Sharia law. The UN's Assistance Mission there sums up, "women are denied their most fundamental human rights".

NATO forces commit war crimes, bomb civilians and torture prisoners, all in the name of `liberation'. Billions of dollars of `aid' go to the Northern Alliance, run by warlords and drug-runners. Karzai's younger brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, is one of the richest drug barons in the country.

There are now 400 NATO military bases in the country and $3 billion worth of base-building projects. There are still 50 US bases in Iraq. In both countries, NATO occupations promise only endless war, costing thousands of lives, civilian and military, and billions of dollars and pounds, all to set up secure bases for NATO's use of force against nearby countries.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Afghanistan in Pieces, March 15, 2012
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This review is from: The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan (Paperback)
Award winning journalist and author of The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives Nick Turse is the editor of this collection of articles on the US/Nato occupation of Afghanistan published in 2010.

Only 6 of the 22 articles deal explicitly with the ostensible purpose of this publication: the issue of withdrawal. These make up some of the shorter pieces of this book and vary from the author of Raising my Voice Malalai Joya's impassioned plea that "No Nation Can Liberate Another" to the more hard headed "realist" analysis of former CIA station chief Graham Fuller ("Obama's Policies Make The Situation Worse").

The rest of the articles cover a range of topics related to the war, the most notable of these come from Juan Cole with his brief look at the continuities in the history of foreign interventions, and Tariq Ali (author of the exceptional Clash of Fundamentalisms) who looks at aspects of the conflict thus far (2010) in the "Mirage of the Good War". Other articles explore the proliferation of U.S. base building in Afghanistan, the deteriorating plight of woman, the war profiteering going on within and without the country (including the Taliban who take a cut from massive amounts spent on trucking the supplies required to keep the U.S. soldier in theatre), the role of covert and private forces and the tendancy for the conflict to expand into Pakistan.

Unfortunately these articles collectively do not form a coherent whole that will assist the reader in forming a comprehensive view of the War in Afghanistan from 2001 to the date of publication. Rather it provides, from a number of different and even differing voices, a variety of insights into specific parts of the conflict, and while these are by and large worth reading overall it remains a fine book rather than an exceptional one.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An important book to understand the war in Afghanistan, January 23, 2011
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R. D. CUNHA "Rudnei" (Porto Alegre, RS BRAZIL) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan (Paperback)
One should read this book to understand why the situation in Afghanistan is a shambles. There are interesting views from both Afghans and Westerners, and put together in one book makes it a very interesting reading.
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The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan by Nick Turse (Paperback - September 20, 2010)
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