The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban

Go back, if you will, to what you were thinking and feeling about Afghanistan around October of 2001 – or in any case, what you were thinking and feeling if you had any sympathy for the US-led war against the Taliban and al-Qaeda. You probably felt a measure of gratification at the sight of retribution for the 9/11 attacks, a sense of grief and loss over the destruction entailed by that retribution, a sense of anxiety about what the future might portend, but – admit it – a sense of hope that things might eventually work out.

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