Forgotten Afghanistan

Posted by sepoy on October 21, 2009 · 1 min read

Some reminders:

1. Remembering Afghanistan's Golden Age by Elizabeth Bumiller. Includes a multimedia essay.

2. Kabul - City Number One by Adam Curtis - documentarian and researcher. (thanks to Arno)

3. Life Before Death by Michael Yon.


Qalandar | October 21, 2009

An interesting piece, although I remain somewhat reticent about such rhetoric, because it can easily be used to deflect arguments against increased intervention by outside powers -- although the argument never seems to prevent involvement in any but the most humanitarian conflicts (Balkan Ghosts, anyone?). That is, it's an argument that might be deployed in Year 8 of a war, not Year 0. Nevertheless, because it helps disturb the sanguine (and maddeningly superficial) view of Afghanistan as a country that one can 't do anything about, as a land, discussions about which are bookended by phrases like "imperial graveyard" and "fiercely ungovernable", the piece is welcome. The evocative photographs don't hurt either.

Qalandar | October 21, 2009

(sorry, comment above refers to the NYT piece).