By Matthew J. Morgan
In October 2004, greater than 8 million voters of Afghanistan grew to become out to vote within the first democratic election within the turbulent, 5,000-year background of the rustic. This superb voter turnout within the face of bad threats and real bullets, rockets, and bombs used to be a shout of defiance and an important setback to the previous Taliban regime and their al Qaeda allies. It used to be a gorgeous luck and critical breakthrough for the Afghan humans and for the us within the crusade opposed to foreign terrorism. The switch is extra dramatic than the yank Revolution, within the aftermath of which the hot American democracy maintained a consultant type of executive just like its British roots. The switch is usually extra confident than the French Revolution, which degenerated into tyranny and anarchy. The Afghan Revolution of democratic governance, albeit aided and guided by means of overseas army and political powers, is therefore the most old occasions of our time.Written through a former U.S. military intelligence officer, this ebook presents readers with a candid account of Afghanistan's first presidential election and its next transition to democratic self-governance. particularly, Morgan speaks to the protection equipment and the measures conserving the election. The election's defense procedure marked a defeat for the al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorist insurgents trying to frustrate Afghanistan's transformation right into a democratic state. Morgan's narrative of Afghan improvement is interspersed with firsthand, own debts from the author's eleven-month deployment as an officer serving within the U.S. army in Afghanistan. His stint there, embedded in the United international locations in a civilian-clothes function, permits him to put in writing from the point of view of a UN safeguard officer, supplying insights past those who can be won at the battlefield.
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A Democracy Is Born: An Insider's Account of the Battle Against Terrorism in Afghanistan by Matthew J. Morgan