Taliban Militant Islam Oil and Fundamentalism in Central

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  1. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    I was prompted to read this by Rashid’s later work Descent Into Chaos Where did the Taliban actually form when why How did the Taliban grow to be the force it would become? There is much information here that helps make sense of what seems senseless In a nation ruled by a bloody coterie of warlords constantly demanding payment from a much oppressed populace constantly engaging in battles with each other constantly undermining any possibility of rule of law when a group emerges that appears able to make life stable if unpleasant it looks better than the devil you knew With Pakistan doing its utmost to maintain instability within Afghanistan funding an insurgent Taliban became a no brainer The details are in Taliban While it was written and published before 911 the base information is here to help understand what is going on in that part of the world to the extent that anyone can Why are the Taliban so determined to marginalize women? How does opium production figure in Afghan politics? I was most impressed to learn about how the Taliban manages its money I will not ruin the surprise by noting it here While Rashid’s later book may be current this one is definitely worth your time It is a slow read though for it’s low page count There is much information packed into a small space

  2. Brett C Brett C says:

    This is an in depth review of the rise of the Taliban out of the ashes of the Soviet war and USCIA intervention Rashid does a really good job of explaining the complexities religious ideology and human rights atrocities committed by the Taliban

  3. fourtriplezed fourtriplezed says:

    Fascinating I could not put this book down and would consider it a must read for anyone who has an interest as to the rise of the Taliban and the conseuences of the actions of the super powers

  4. Mike Mike says:

    BREAKING NEWSBREAKING NEWSBREAKING NEWSAnnouncer Brett “Folks we go our reporter in the field RV Winkle now for some breaking news What have you got for us Rip?”Reporter RV Winkle “Brett I have just finished this outstanding book “Taliban” and we need to do something about these guys they are bad people”Announcer Brett “Rip you are a decade late go back to sleep you idiot”Ok I have no excuse for not reading this book until than 10 years after it came out and the title characters have caused so much trouble I thought it was probably outdated when I first saw it I was wrong then and now This book is still relevant today You get to see the rise of the Taliban with no romantic “they just wanted to have peace” background music You get a solid background in the ethnic groups and their leadership still forming the main forces in play today What I took from this bookThe breakdown of tribal ties and land ownership hadhas a continuing impact on the stability of Afghan culture that may never be repaired This was the main factor giving the Taliban leadership blind followers from the orphans and broken up familiesThe imposition of extreme interpretation of Islam especially on women was hated by many of the Pashtu people and all the non Pushtuns The tensions between the local culturecustoms and the religious mandates are discussed throughoutStrange I almost felt like doing fist bumps with the Iranians as they were the only Islamic group that apparently openly opposed the strict interpretation forced on women’s livesThere are no “good” guys only less bad There is no trust or friendship without a time limit or a dollar amountYou can skip the parts of the book about oil pipelines The sections of the book detailing the influence of the transport “mafia” Pakistan and the ISI are very goodHow much did the UN and NGO’s enable the Taliban campaigns by supporting the population with food aid? Too Much? Why didn’t we stay minimally involved after the USSR left? This book comes up in several other accounts about our early days in Afghanistan after 911 I’d like to see him update this book and reissue it is still useful Regardless this is an important link to understanding Afghanistan in the years between the Soviet defeat and the US invasion 4 Stars

  5. AB AB says:

    Meticulously researched and well written May be slightly dense for people with no background in the subject matter but the author does a really good job of providing important context and details for the layperson I appreciate that the author also talk about the role women and children play in Afghanistan and the influence of the Taliban regime on these particularly vulnerable groups I was personally appalled and surprised by the role the US played in supporting the regime at its beginning as well as Pakistan's continued role in sustaining the Taliban It's an important read for anyone wanting to understand international politics in the area

  6. Omama. Omama. says:

    Excellent read till the final chapter The author first covers the history involving the history of various cities of Afghanistan which I really enjoyed trajectory of the Taliban movement up through 1999 or so and then circles back to discuss various particular themes related to the rise and reign of this peculiar and in many ways frightening religious movement These include their draconian and inhumanly strict social agenda particularly their horrendous treatment of women the role of the drug trade and smuggling generally in Afghani and Pakistani society the roles of various religious and ethnic factions within the conflicts afflicting the region the wider set of geopolitical conflicts involving Afghanistan's neighboring nations plus the larger powers such as Russia and the US and the important role of oil and gas related intrigue in the dynamics of the region Overall a good read that gives a comprehensive account of the travails of the region I really enjoyed reading this one as the writing style and content was totally entwined with my interest Can't wait to get my hands on his next book

  7. Mike Mike says:

    The Taliban are an armed bunch of louts who see the world as a figurative sheep waiting to be fucked by the awesome power of their backwoods version of Islam Their favorite point of entry has been in the AfghanistanPakistan region and they took particular delight in shafting Kabul treating it as just a larger version of the shithole village they probably grew up in making all the men grow bears and forcing all the women from the streets Never mind these clowns have no idea how to run a civil society God will provide Assuming God takes the form of humanitarian aid organizations perhaps — for now — they are rightThose defending Afghanistan from the Taliban goons are pretty close to terminally ugly themselves the sort of people who will toss a thief into the treads of a moving tank in order to literally grind out an example of justiceOperating amidst these two unsavory power structures are various oil companies working to foster enough stability to extract and move oil from this treacherous terrain to a safer market Even operating with maximum allowed pragmatism — sometimes outcry at home manages to limit their choice of allies — they have had little success in establishing a profitable oil or natural gas enterprise in the region Meanwhile those who move less difficult items things like heroin black market consumer items and weapons have been able to thrive in this chaosAhmed Rashid covers his topic with expert familiarity and the sort of sympathy one reserves for a cancer ward If you want a closer look at what people mean by 'unstable region' this book will do the trick Just don't go into it looking for heroes

  8. Naeem Naeem says:

    I remember buying 5 copies of this book in October of 2001 devouring it in a day and copying two chapters and passing them out to anyone that would stop by my office It is still the definitive account of the rise and demise of the Taliban Although Michael Griffen's Reaping the whirlwind The Taliban Movement in Afghanistan tells the same story in poetic form This book made Rashid a player in policy circles and in world class journalism You can catch him twice a year on Terry Gross' show Fresh Air He Barnett Rubin Olivier Roy and Nancy Hatch Dupree probably know about the Taliban and Afghanistan than any other set of people So one uestions Rashid's account at one own peril Still for me while Rashid lays out the historical and political narrative of the Taliban he leaves its sociological and ethnological origins untouched Nor have those origins been broached by any article or book that I have read Please please correct me if I am wrong Nadeem Aslam's novel Wasted Vigil comes close Still the real account of the Taliban waits for someone who has the desire the skill and the courage

  9. W W says:

    911 had not yet happenedwhen this was writtenAn interesting exploration of the Taliban's origins and their early years

  10. Owen Owen says:

    Fantastic book published in March of 2001 with a 2010 aftwerward Rashid could read the writing on the wall even if it seems like he was the only one paying attention Filled with details even the Old Man didn't know particularly concerning the pipeline competition going on pre 911 Fascinating look at a country no one really has a handle on but this author might have the best handle he's been imprisoned by several Afghan regimes in his time He whines a bit about how the US failed to save Afghanistan from itself in the 90sI'm not sure why it's the American taxpayers' problem in a cold calculation it would be a violent morass whenever anyone goes to the Stan no matter the decade A lot of the fundamentalist issues are covered in Looming Tower and Ghost Wars but Rashid hits the multi national business side in a way I haven't seen elsewhere It's heavy on the facts dates and names but it's a complex place The timeline at the end is helpful for uick reference Readiing this book will go a long way to explaining Afghanistan

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