The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban

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Univ. of Queensland Press, 2006 - Afghanistan - 386 pages
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An eyewitness account of the return to warlordism in Afghanistan after the TalibanSarah Chayes was an overseas correspondent for America's National Public Radio network (NPR) when war broke out in Afghanistan in 2001. Reporting from the Taliban's home base of Kandahar, Chayes gained access to leading members of the Taliban, Afghan politicians and warlords, US military and diplomatic troops. She saw the US government and armed forces unwittingly aiding the return to power of corrupt warlords, as well as the re-infiltration of bands of Taliban forces supported by US ally Pakistan.The Punishment of Virtueis not just a book about the Afghan conflict. It's an illuminating look at what happens when superpowers impose their might on countries they do not understand, without proper plans or knowledge of how to deal with post-conflict situations. Afghanistan, Kosovo, Iraq - we see it happen time and time again.
 

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Sarah Chayes was an NPR reporter started reporting from Afghanistan in 2001. Eventually she quit her job to help found an NGO which ran development projects in Kandahar (the so-called 'capital' of the ... Read full review

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An excellent account of the events in Afghanistan since September of 2001, by an ex-journalist who has been on the ground in the country for virtually the whole time and has been close to many of the key players, both Afghan and American. Read full review

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Contents

SUICIDE BOMBING
1
COVERING CRISIS
8
MOVING IN ON KANDAHAR
16
REPORTING THE LAST DAYS
28
THE FALL OF THE TALIBAN
43
THE ROAD TO KANDAHAR
50
TAKING THE CITY BY FORCE
58
A CHOICE OF ALLIES
63
THE COMING OF ISLAM
195
HOW TO FIRE A WARLORD
216
MURDER
232
MONGOL CONQUESTS AND REBIRTH
246
FIGHTING WITH THE PEN
265
MISFIRE
288
ROUND THREE
298
FEAR
305

DEALING FOR THE GOVERNORSHIP
76
KANDAHAR AFGHAN CAPITAL
84
REPORTING KANDAHAR
103
THE BORDER
117
CIVIL SOCIETY
133
PLUNDER AND SUBSIDY
145
SHOWDOWN WITH SHIRZAI
159
ZABIT AKREM
172
MILITARY MATTERS
178
SECURITY
186
THE PROMOTION OF VICE AND THE PUNISHMENT OF VIRTUE
315
MAZARISHERIF
320
KABUL
330
KANDAHAR
338
INVESTIGATION
343
COVERUP
352
NOTES
363
INDEX
377
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