The Inside Story of the Chaotic Struggle for Afghanistan

Monday, April 23, 2012

Journalist and documentary-maker Ben Anderson discusses the war in Afghanistan, and his experience reporting on front lines in Helmand province. His book No Worse Enemy: The Inside Story of the Chaotic Struggle for Afghanistan is based on five years of unrivalled access to the US Marines and UK Forces, often for months at a time and amidst the worst violence the conflict has seen. It details the daily struggles facing U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and raises urgent questions about our strategies in there.


Ben Anderson

Comments [4]

Dr.Koshi from Upper East Side

I listened to leonards Lopate interview with Ben Anderson and today's brian lehrer's interview with the Pashtun translator/cultural co-ordinator for the military and HUNG MY HEAD IN SHAME.

What a waste of soldiers, living with injury and dead, Afghanis living with injury and dead and the loads of money the American tax payer wasted in Afghanistan.

I am so sad, that George Bush decided to go to war. I hated it then and I dislike the fact that Barack Obama tries to make it right with Karzai at the helm.

If there are 2 people that Barack Obama and Joe Biden must listen to are Ben Anderson and this lady. What a pity that his informers are not Brian and Leonard. Thank you WNYC to bring the truth to us.

Apr. 24 2012 04:05 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Is there an approach Mr. Anderson thinks *would* work?

Apr. 23 2012 01:56 PM
MG from Manhattan

This person has no idea of the history of the Soviets in Central Asia. There were very harsh and manywould say oppressive measures used by the Soviets in Muslim central asia to root out the conservative muslim practices and thousands were killed in this modernization which in retrospect is looked at positively.
So I would say this speaker is not knowledgeable enough to answer my question with sufficient authority

Apr. 23 2012 01:55 PM
MG from Manhatan

The Soviets should have been allowed to modernize Afganistan like they did all the other muslim nations in the region. The facts are that no previously Soviet Muslim nation in the region is a source of chaos, instability and violence like the muslim nations that the United States had influence over. Compare Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan etc , etc to Afghanistan Iran and Pakistan etc.

Apr. 23 2012 01:39 PM

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