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Posted February 10, 2009
Whereas Steve Coll's epic nonfictional The Ghosts of War as that shows the many characters in the Indian subcontinent from CIA agents to Pakistani prime ministers to bureaucrats in Washington bent on destruction of the Soviets, and this is the result, where the bureaucrats send our children into a war after the CIA biggest success--defeating the Soviets through Afghan proxies--although we should have known--that the Afghan "Arabs" and the uncouth Pashtuns like Golbuddin Hekmatyar, who we sold as freedom fighters. They were freedom fighters up to the cash, turning away to their opium and heroin dealing, and also their Pashtun nationalism mixed with Islamic imperialism which most Americans still don't understand that is what the Taliban was--more of an ethnic movement, uniting their culture with a militant Islamic faith against the Iranian-influenced Tajiks and Uzbeks, who were influenced by the Russians. This is the book for the first mistakes in Afghanistan like Tora Bora.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.