March, 2007

Review by Richard Alan Leach

Book Review: Building Pipelines, Supporting Warlords and Bleeding Afghans

Written by Richard Alan Leach

Wednesday, 21 March 2007

(this review appeared in the journals, “Toward Freedom,” and “Third World Traveler“)

Less than four weeks after 9/11, on October 7, 2001, the US attacked Afghanistan in the opening salvo of what was later justified as a new “war on terror.” The US dropped more than 10,000 bombs, including air strikes from B-2 and B-52 stealth bombers and cruise missiles from submarines in the Arabian Sea.

During a period that ultimately led to between 3000-3400 civilians killed (1) outright – and thousands more from starvation and disease as a direct consequence of the attack – then US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was asked by an admiring press corps if the US was running out of targets. He responded with a characteristic quip: “We’re not running out of targets. Afghanistan is.” The assembled journalists thought this …

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