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21.10.2022 | BOOK REVIEW

Craig Whitlock, The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War

Simon & Schuster, 2021. 346 pp. ISBN: 978-9821-5900-9

verfasst von: Quassim Cassam

Erschienen in: Society

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Watching news coverage of scores of Afghan civilians running alongside an American C-17 transport aircraft as it rolled down the runway of Kabul Airport in August 2021, it was hard not to think that one was watching a remake of an old movie. The previous version, set in Saigon in 1975, showed images of similarly desperate people trying to cling on to a helicopter as it rose from the roof of the American embassy, while North Vietnamese and Vietcong troops marched into the South Vietnamese capital. Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan represent an unenviable hat-trick of military and strategic disasters for the USA. Much has already been written about Vietnam and Iraq, and now it’s the turn of Afghanistan. …
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Lahoud (2022).
 
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Chomsky (1999).
 
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Metadaten
Titel
Craig Whitlock, The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War
Simon & Schuster, 2021. 346 pp. ISBN: 978-9821-5900-9
verfasst von
Quassim Cassam
Publikationsdatum
21.10.2022
Verlag
Springer US
Erschienen in
Society
Print ISSN: 0147-2011
Elektronische ISSN: 1936-4725
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12115-022-00781-1