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Breeding Ground: Afghanistan and the Origins of Islamist Terrorism Hardcover – January 1, 2011
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Once a succession of coups drew the Soviet military deeper into Afghanistan, the American administrations of Carter and Reagan sustained an ever-expanding covert operation supporting the Mujahideen resistance, giving the USSR "its Vietnam war." After ten years of what Mikhail Gorbachev called "the bleeding wound," the Soviets withdrew, leaving behind a "toxic environment" nurturing "a culture of terror." A lethal combination thereafter of Pakistani meddling, the involvement of Osama bin Laden, the ascendency of the Taliban, and the horror of 9/11 demonstrated how the shattered nationa fabric yielded the world of terrorism we now inhabit. Ironically, as Tripathi shows, the same forces defeating the Soviets are now arrayed against America and NATO: we westerners have blundered into the same Afghanistan trap we first set for others. Instead of replaying the Soviet scenario to inevitable defeat, Tripathi urges recognition of "the futility of counterinsurgency," and a recourse to undercutting Afghani corruption ande building a genuine Afghani democracy.
The message here is absolutely essential for America and the NATO allies to grasp, but resistance to it will regrettably be fierce.Read more ›
Tripathi’s main objectives are to explore the reasons the invasion of Afghanistan by the United States came about as well as to determine to what effect the Soviet-Afghan conflict had on to development of the dark phenomenon of terrorism the world knows of today.Read more ›
I have written a comprehensive review of the book, which was published at the Foreign Policy Journal.. That review is also available above in the editorial reviews.