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Nathaniel RichSince so few Western journalists are stationed in Afghanistan and few venture outside Kabul, Akbar's observations are particularly illuminating. He shows how, since the early 1980's, "very modern warfare has reduced this country to a very primitive state," and laments the lack of resources devoted by the United States government to building roads and schools. He argues persuasively that the American military's practice of trading aid for intelligence has blurred the line "between militarism and humanitarianism," leading to the horrific attacks on aid groups like Doctors Without Borders; and through his encounters with rural tribal communities, we see how fragmented and bitterly divided the country remains.
— The New York Times