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A must-read on a Modern Evil - Taliban,
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This review is from: Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia (Paperback)
Rashid, a Pakistan journalist, has published a magnificent review of the Taliban's rise from ragtag gang to semi-victors of the Afghan civil war of the 90s. Taliban includes a revealing study of the reclusive Mullah Omar. The Taliban massacre of thousands of innocent Afghans as well as their outrageous treatment of women is abominable. Rashid adds two chapters on Afghanistan's importance to the world oil and gas market, providing rational for neighboring countries' actions and support for factions in civil-war torn Afghanistan. Excellent analysis of third-nation interests in Afghanistan including Iran, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, the U.S., and China. Although somewhat dated (written in 2001), this book is a must to understand why a negotiated settlement with the Taliban is an unacceptable solution to the conflict in Afghanistan."