By Matthew J. Morgan
In October 2004, greater than 8 million electorate of Afghanistan grew to become out to vote within the first democratic election within the turbulent, 5,000-year historical past of the rustic. This tremendous voter turnout within the face of bad threats and genuine bullets, rockets, and bombs used to be a shout of defiance and an important setback to the previous Taliban regime and their al Qaeda allies. It was once a beautiful luck and severe breakthrough for the Afghan humans and for the U.S. within the crusade opposed to foreign terrorism. The swap is extra dramatic than the yankee Revolution, within the aftermath of which the recent American democracy maintained a consultant type of govt just like its British roots. The switch can also be extra confident than the French Revolution, which degenerated into tyranny and anarchy. The Afghan Revolution of democratic governance, albeit aided and guided via overseas army and political powers, is hence the most ancient occasions of our time.Written by means of a former U.S. military intelligence officer, this ebook offers readers with a candid account of Afghanistan's first presidential election and its next transition to democratic self-governance. specifically, Morgan speaks to the protection equipment and the measures conserving the election. The election's protection approach marked a defeat for the al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorist insurgents trying to frustrate Afghanistan's transformation right into a democratic kingdom. Morgan's narrative of Afghan improvement is interspersed with firsthand, own debts from the author's eleven-month deployment as an officer serving within the U.S. army in Afghanistan. His stint there, embedded in the United international locations in a civilian-clothes position, permits him to jot down from the viewpoint of a UN safety officer, supplying insights past those who could be received at the battlefield.
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Extra resources for A Democracy Is Born: An Insider's Account of the Battle Against Terrorism in Afghanistan
When I heard about his tirade as he yelled at the assembled staff officers about the offensive photo, it occurred to me that only weeks before, a picture of Saddam Hussein’s sons, Uday and Kusay, in a similar position of repose, had been disseminated in the press. Perhaps General Olsen, who had been promoted to generalship a few years before by President Clinton, did not approve of the hard approach of the Bush Administration. In addition, it seemed that in the environment that followed Abu Ghraib, General Olsen, likely similar to other field commanders, was extremely sensitive to the appearance of impropriety.
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A Democracy Is Born: An Insider's Account of the Battle Against Terrorism in Afghanistan by Matthew J. Morgan