Nemesis: Why the west was doomed to lose in Afghanistan

Nemesis: Why the west was doomed to lose in Afghanistan

Anatol Lieven, Prospect – 27 August 2021

Anatol Lieven recounts his NATO-organised trip to Camp Shorabak, an Afghan military base, in 2013 where he first realised that the West’s Afghanistan campaign was doomed. Speaking of military support in Africa, the author also states that “any chance of success depends on Britain and Europe learning the lessons of Afghanistan: the need for a truly long-term commitment, and a real willingness to suffer losses, and all based on true local knowledge and an understanding of local realities, not western fantasies of building liberal democracy”.

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