Come from the Shadows is not about the Afghanistan we may think we know. It is not about the country depicted in urgent dispatches from embedded reporters; it isn't about the country evoked by anti-war protestors or the one that figures in heated political controversies over the treatment of prisoners. Instead, this is a book about the Afghanistan that lies "outside the wiCome from the Shadows is not about the Afghanistan we may think we know. It is not about the country depicted in urgent dispatches from embedded reporters; it isn't about the country evoked by anti-war protestors or the one that figures in heated political controversies over the treatment of prisoners. Instead, this is a book about the Afghanistan that lies "outside the wire," far from the Taliban's grim desert strongholds. The country we visit with award-winning author Terry Glavin is a surprisingly welcoming place, hidden away in alleys and narrow streets that bustle with blacksmiths, seamstresses, gem hawkers, cobblers and spice merchants. This Afghanistan is reawakening from decades of savagery and bloodletting, and its people are deeply thankful for the aid from foreign soldiers. In the voices of the people he meets on his journey, Glavin reveals how events have unfolded in Afghanistan since September 11, 2001. In the life story of his friend and travel companion—writer, translator and activist Abdulrahim Parwani—we learn of Afghanistan's agonies over the past thirty years. Come from the Shadows is a passionate challenge to the usual depiction of the war in Afghanistan....
|Title||:||Come from the Shadows: The Long and Lonely Struggle for Peace in Afghanistan|
|Number of Pages||:||240 Pages|
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Come from the Shadows: The Long and Lonely Struggle for Peace in Afghanistan Reviews
Vital contribution to clear-thinking on Afghanistan! Terry Glavin exposes the mythology about Afghanistan, or the place created in popular imagination he calls "Absurdistan." Instead he focuses on key aspects of the "real" Afghanistan that rarely get any stage time, giving faces and names to a few of the countless every-day heroes of Afghanistan, such as Afghan activists for democracy, women's rights, and education. Mr. Glavin explores core issues of the conflict in Afghanistan, including the role of Pakistan and their proxy, the Taliban.A MUST-READ or anyone who wishes to understand Afghanistan and its continuing relevance, examine the many deceptions and misperceptions well-meaning people can easily fall prey to, and gain a fresh perspective on why continued engagement is worth it!
The Canadian lefty journalist Glavin has dedicated himself to keeping Afghanistan free of the Taliban, by good work, by supporting the Canadian and even US forces at war there, and telling the truth. He is intimate with the men and women of the country and a relentless truth-teller and hero, and as such a complete pariah among English-speaking lefties. A good introduction to the completely winnable struggle in Afghanistan, a demolition of the BS - "grave of empires," "wants NATO out," US created the Taliban, blah blah. And he's not even a bit fascist. Orwellian in the best sense of the word.
Terry Glavins challenges increasingly mainstream critics who suggest that the only legitimate action to be taken in Afghanistan today is for the US and its allies to pack up and go home. Glavins weaves a complex picture of life in Afghanistan, points out the ways in which US and the international community have been welcomed by locals, and, most searingly, makes a strong argument that the West is now all that is keeping the Pashtuns, led by the Taliban, from embarking on widespread ethnic cleansing, especially against the long suffering Hazaras. Very useful counterpoint to much of the conventional conversation about Afghanistan today.
highly recommend for anyone interested in Afghanistan or r2p in general.should be mandatory reading for anyone who has ever chanted, argued, or demanded that NATO or their country pull troops out of Afghanistan. not the best writing style and a bit meandering at times, but this book is such an optimistic look at the "real" Afghanistan and presents the raw and nuanced conscience of a realist and intellectually honest self-proclaimed liberal.
Interesting book. Hats off to what Canadian soldiers are doing in Afganistan and lets hope they continue to do it!!