- David Potts
- ARRSE Rating
- 4.5 Mushroom Heads
He said he thought that the Afghans had given the coalition four years to see what they would do. They might give us a few more years grace, but needed to be on the winning side, as if the Taliban came back. I recall him saying. None of the Afghans I meet in the bazaars complain about the Taliban, warlords, or narcotics – our security concerns. They all want basic medical care, clean water, food in the market, and schools for their children. They are vexed by corruption and by remote and ineffective officialdom. These aren’t military issues. This is the background to his remarks. It is based on his diary and contemporary notes. It is thought provoking in the light of the subsequent events.
Lots about Afghan history, and the description of Alexander the Great as mad as a box of frogs is spot on. The author's passion for the country and sympathy for its people shines through.