The Forty-Year War In Afghanistan
A Chronicle Foretold
by Tariq Ali
Rs. 950 | $ 10.00
The occupation of Afghanistan is over, and a balance sheetcan be drawn. These essays on war and peace in the region reveal Tariq Ali at his sharpest and most prescient.
Rarely has there been such an enthusiastic display of international unity as that which greeted the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. Compared to Iraq, Afghanistan became the ‘good war’. But a stalemate ensued, and the Taliban waited out the NATO contingents. Today, with the collapse of the puppet regime in Kabul, what does the future hold for a traumatised Afghan people? Will China become the dominant influence in the country?
Tariq Ali has been following the wars in Afghanistan for forty years. He opposed Soviet military intervention in 1979, predicting disaster. He was also a fierce critic of its NATO sequel, Operation Enduring Freedom. In a series of trenchant commentaries, he has described the tragedies inflicted on Afghanistan, as well as the semi-Talibanisation and militarisationof neighbouring Pakistan. Most of his predictions have proved accurate. The Forty-Year War in Afghanistan: A Chronicle Foretold brings together the best of his writings and includes a new introduction.
“Ali’s discussion of Afghanistan is highly valuable because of the questions it raises … a starting point for a much-needed debate.”
– Praise for The Duel, New York Times
“The typicalFinancial Timesreader might find his bias so irksome they cannotcontinue. This would be a pity.”
– Praise for The Extreme Centre, Financial Times
TARIQ ALI has written more than two-dozen books on world history and politics – the most recent of which are The Clash of Fundamentalisms, The Obama Syndrome and The Extreme Centre – as well as the novels of his Islam Quintet and scripts for the stage and screen. He is a long-standing member of the editorial committee of New Left Review and lives in London.
Publisher: Folio Books
Release date: December 2021