Doomed in Afghanistan: A UN Officer's Memoir of the Fall of by Phillip Corwin

By Phillip Corwin

To appreciate extra deeply the tragic occasions of September eleven, 2001, it's severe to grasp Afghanistan's contemporary and turbulent previous. Doomed in Afghanistan offers a first-hand account of ways failed international relations ended in an Islamic fundamentalist victory in a war-torn kingdom, and to that end, to a Taliban takeover and a house for Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda terrorist community. In April 1992, Phillip Corwin was once in Afghanistan as a part of a United international locations workforce whose venture used to be to assist make sure the move of strength from the Soviet-installed communist regime of President Najibullah to an intervening time authority that may arrange for elections. a few years after the Soviet Union withdrew from Afghanistan, Najibullah's regime crumbled, and he used to be confident to surrender, with the knowledge that he will be evacuated to a impartial nation (India). as a result of a sequence of miscalculations and machinations, the UN's diplomatic venture failed. Kabul fell to teams of mujahadin earlier than Najibullah should be evacuated and earlier than an intervening time authority can be put in. The lack of ability of a number of the mujahadin factions to unite ended in their eventual defeat by way of the Taliban, who 4 years later routed Najibullah from his refuge on the UN compound and performed him. Corwin supplies a brilliant account of those seminal occasions- Najibullah's failed evacuation and the frenzied negotiations that have been not able to avoid the anarchy and chaos that undefined.

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For one thing, Najib himself became an issue. Whereas before only his leadership had been an issue, now his very person became an issue. Who would arrest and possibly try him? Who would claim jurisdiction over his fate? Who would be responsible for his life? The UN’s premises, as well as its credibility, also became issues. They were no longer merely the headquarters of an international observation mission; they were now the safe haven for a hated dictator. Would UN premises be stormed? Would its local employees be harassed?

Whereas before only his leadership had been an issue, now his very person became an issue. Who would arrest and possibly try him? Who would claim jurisdiction over his fate? Who would be responsible for his life? The UN’s premises, as well as its credibility, also became issues. They were no longer merely the headquarters of an international observation mission; they were now the safe haven for a hated dictator. Would UN premises be stormed? Would its local employees be harassed? If Najib had been evacuated successfully, none of those issues would have arisen.

Basic operations like resupplying their own troops with food and water may mean having to fight their way through hostile territory, as it did in Bosnia, since local 16 Doomed in Afghanistan forces are in desperate need of the same basic supplies as are UN troops. Though it may seem callous not to intervene militarily in internecine battles, the alternative may well be a prolongation of the conflict, a loss of credibility, and failure. There are those, understandably, who argue against standing idly by while civil wars rage.

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