Wednesday, October 13, 2010
The Experience of War in Afghanistan
There's an interesting post over at the "Duck of Minerva" blog by Vikash Yadav titled the "Blogs of War". In it he surveys a number of blogs by soldiers serving in Afghanistan, concentrating on those who spend a lot of time off-base. He finds a number of common themes: paternalism, a faith in modernization, mistrust of the Afghans, and a fascination with the comforts of Western life, provided by the military. He concludes that even those military personnel who spend a lot of time among the Afghanis don't understand them very well. You don't have to accept his assessment. Follow his links to the original blogs and judge for yourself.