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Afghanistan in Pieces,
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.