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Farewell Kabul : from Afghanistan to a more dangerous world, Christina Lamb

Farewell Kabul : from Afghanistan to a more dangerous world
Farewell Kabul
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from Afghanistan to a more dangerous world
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Christina Lamb
"Twenty-seven years ago, Christina Lamb left Britain to become a journalist in Pakistan. She crossed the Hindu Kush into Afghanistan with mujaheddin fighting the Russians and fell unequivocally in love with this fierce country of pomegranates and war, a relationship which has dominated her adult life. Since 2001, Lamb has watched with incredulity as the West fought a war with its hands tied, committed too little too late, failed to understand local dynamics and turned a blind eye as their Taliban enemy was helped by their ally Pakistan. Farewell Kabul tells how success was turned into defeat in the longest war fought by the United States in its history and by Britain since the Hundred Years War. It has been a fiasco which has left Afghanistan still one of the poorest nations on earth, the Taliban undefeated, and nuclear armed Pakistan perhaps the most dangerous place on Earth. With unparalleled access to all key decision-makers in Afghanistan, Pakistan, London and Washington, from heads of state and generals as well as soldiers on the ground, Farewell Kabul tells how this happened. In Afghanistan, Lamb has travelled far beyond Helmand – from the caves of Tora Bora in the south to the mountainous bad lands of Kunar in the east; from Herat, city of poets and minarets in the west, to the very poorest province of Samangan in the north. She went to Guantánamo, met Taliban in Quetta, visited jihadi camps in Pakistan and saw bin Laden’s house just after he was killed. Saddest of all, she met women who had been made role models by the West and had then been shot, raped or forced to flee the country. This deeply personal book not only shows the human cost of political failure but explains how short-sighted encouragement of jihadis to fight the Russians, followed by prosecution of ill-thoughtout wars, has resulted in the spread of terrorism throughout the Islamic world."--Publisher's information
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Farewell Kabul : from Afghanistan to a more dangerous world, Christina Lamb
Farewell Kabul : from Afghanistan to a more dangerous world, Christina Lamb
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • Part I. Getting in: Rule Number One -- Sixty words -- Making - and almost killing - a President -- Ground Zero -- Losing bin Laden - the not so great escape -- A tale of two generals -- Taliban Central -- Merchants of ruin - the return of the warlords -- Theatre of war -- A tale of two wars -- Voting with Mullah Omar -- Part II. War: Ambush -- Bringing dolphins to Helmand -- Tethered goats -- The President in his bloody palace -- Whose side are you on? -- The snake bites back -- The Weathermen of Kandahar -- We'll always have Kabul -- Death of a poet -- Meeting Colonel Imam -- Part III. The good war: The view from Washington -- All about the politics -- The Butcher of Mumbai -- Losing the moral high ground in Margaritaville -- Chairman Mullen and the Cadillac in the Skies -- Part IV. Getting out: Killing bin Laden -- Postscript: War never leaves you
  • The gripping account of how the West's politicians forgot about this troubled region, the root of the War on Terror, when pursuing their goals in Iraq
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640 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates
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