New book: Killing the Cranes - A Reporter's Journey Through Three Decades of War in Afghanistan.

I have recently come out with a new book Killing the Cranes: A Reporter's Journey Through Three Decades of War in Afghanistan published by Chelsea Greenin Vermont but also available on and other outlets. The book has just become available in the UK and Europe. Killing the Cranes is very much based on own reporting since the end of the 1970s, three months prior to the Soviet invasion, right up to today for the Christian Science Monitor, National Geographic and other media. I have also worked there with media activities supporting Afghan civil society.

As both a writer and a long-time traveller in Afghanistan, I am extremely concerned about the absolute disaster that Afghanistan has become, but particularly the arrogance with which the United States and Britain (Bush and Blair) intervened with absolutely no understanding of the on-the-ground situation resulting in a new and utterly un-necessary war. Also the introduction of mercenaries, the mixing of military with humanitarianism and the use of large private sector companies with massive overheads and little grasp of the country, or the fact that Afghans themselves need to assume their own responsibilities.

The international community has also made one mistake after another despite the fact that certain organizations are working well in Afghanistan. The Swedish Commmittee, Care International, Madera and Aga Khan Foundation etc. So there are workable solutions but certainly not this constant emphasis on security. We have to get back to basics although a full return to 2001 is not possible. My book seeks to give a sense of Afghanistan, an extraordinary country, but also the background needed to understand what is going on today. So it's a mix of analysis, adventure, and numerous encounters with different people ranging from Ahmed Shah Massoud and Abdul Haq to bin Laden. We need more debate on what to do. I fear that Bonn II was a waste of time. I look forward to your comments.

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Comment by Marianne Baziruwiha on December 21, 2011 at 11:21am

Hello there

I am afraid to say that there is never a mistake in politics and there is always full knowledge of the situation on the ground.

Warfare is a business like any other business.



Comment by David N. Tshimba on December 14, 2011 at 11:37am

Dear Edward,

Congretulations upon the publication of this valuable work. Could you, if possible, please avail us with a softcopy (pdf or even html format) so as one can read and comment from a knowledgeable point of view?



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