By Peter Eichstaedt
What will occur while foreign forces eventually vacate Afghanistan? the reply to that question is unknown, but when there's any desire for Afghanistan, veteran journalist Peter Eichstaedt asserts, it truly is with its people.
After spending 2004 in Afghanistan operating for the nonprofit Institute for warfare and Peace Reporting and supporting construct Afghanistan's first self reliant information organisation, Eichstaedt back to Kabul in 2010. As he labored with Afghan reporters to record their background and collective struggles, he discovered that even though Kabul itself seemed wiped clean up, with freshly paved roads, the optimism of the newly liberated capital had light lower than the increase of the Taliban insurgency. Eichstaedt in this case crisscrossed the rustic to interview an superb array of Afghans. In Above the Din of War, he stocks those conversations, together with emotional and significant observation and reviews from a former warlord, a Taliban pass judgement on, sufferers of self-immolation, poppy...
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A United Nations report said that about 80 percent of Afghan civilian deaths were due to the reckless attacks by the Taliban fighters and suicide bombers, and just 20 percent were by mistakes made by coalition forces. One example was a suicide bomber’s attack west of the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif just a couple of days before the election that killed a child and injured twenty-eight people. The wounded had been on their way to a wedding party, and their bus happened to be passing an international army convoy just as a suicide bomber detonated his car filled with explosives.
The Taliban, meanwhile, were a conglomeration of rag-tag fighters running around the countryside in sandals and carrying old weapons. They had no armored vehicles, no tanks, and no air force. After ten years of war, the Taliban were stronger than ever. Afghans were no better off now than when the Americans invaded in 2001. Afghans continued to die, at the hands of either the Taliban or the international forces. Most Afghans felt life was more dangerous than ever, not safer. It didn’t matter who pulled the trigger or detonated the bomb.
The open dirt area fronting the voting station was marked with yellow plastic tape, the kind used at a crime scene. It was prophetic. After receiving a cursory once-over from the police, two Afghan journalists and I stepped inside the tape boundary to join a dozen or so Afghans shouldering the hot sun as they waited in the dust and grit to vote. Women had a separate voting room, but this didn’t stop my colleague, Zabihullah Noori, from marching to the front of the women’s line and demanding to be let inside.
Above the Din of War. Afghans Speak About Their Lives, Their Country, and Their Future - and Why... by Peter Eichstaedt