taliban http://wamc.org en "No Good Men Among The Living: America, The Taliban, And The War Through Afghan Eyes" By Anand Gopal http://wamc.org/post/no-good-men-among-living-america-taliban-and-war-through-afghan-eyes-anand-gopal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In <em>No Good Men Among The Living: America, The Taliban, And The War Through Afghan Eyes</em> acclaimed journalist <a href="http://www.anandgopal.com/">Anand Gopal</a> traces in vivid detail the lives of three Afghans caught in America’s war on terror. He follows a Taliban commander, who rises from scrawny teenager to leading insurgent; a US-backed warlord, who uses the American military to gain personal wealth and power; and a village housewife trapped between the two sides, who discovers the devastating cost of neutrality.</p><p>Through their dramatic stories, Gopal shows that the Afghan war, so often regarded as a hopeless quagmire, could in fact have gone very differently. Top Taliban leaders actually tried to surrender within months of the US invasion, renouncing all political activity and submitting to the new government. Effectively, the Taliban ceased to exist—yet the Americans were unwilling to accept such a turnaround. Instead, driven by false intelligence from their allies and an unyielding mandate to fight terrorism, American forces continued to press the conflict, resurrecting the insurgency that persists to this day.</p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 15:48:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 91340 at http://wamc.org "No Good Men Among The Living: America, The Taliban, And The War Through Afghan Eyes" By Anand Gopal Blast Rocks Kabul; Dozens Wounded, Attackers Killed http://wamc.org/post/blast-rocks-kabul-dozens-wounded-attackers-killed Men wearing bombs strapped to their bodies and traveling in two vehicles carrying more explosives wounded dozens of civilians in Kabul today when they attacked a government security office, NPR's Sean Carberry reports from the scene.<p>Sean tells the NPR Newscast desk that the Taliban is claiming responsibility and that:<p><blockquote><p>"The sound of gunfire reverberated through the city after the powerful blast rocked downtown Kabul. Afghan officials say the assailants detonated one vehicle before security forces killed other men who were wearing suicide vests. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 12:39:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 55836 at http://wamc.org Blast Rocks Kabul; Dozens Wounded, Attackers Killed Rabbi Michael Rothbaum: A Picture's Worth a Thousand Lives http://wamc.org/post/rabbi-michael-rothbaum-pictures-worth-thousand-lives-0 <p>When the most recent Iraq war began, I was serving as student rabbi at a wonderful little synagogue in New England.&nbsp; One of the regulars at our monthly Torah study was a World War II veteran &ndash; let&rsquo;s call him Sam.&nbsp; Sam would always bring consideration and deep insight to text study.&nbsp; But more than that, Sam was &ndash; and is &ndash; a mensh.</p> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 16:28:43 +0000 37392 at http://wamc.org