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Afghanistan by David Isby
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Mar 19, 13

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Andrew Academic, obscure, dry, depressing, badly edited, and disorganized, nevertheless this book spells out why the US is in Afghanistan, and why the US should continue to support that country as it did with West Germany, Japan, and South Korea, after World War Two. Beginning with the imagery of Ezra Pound's "The Turbine," the book ends with a metaphor of a "nuclear Somalia" if Pakistan were to fall to the Pakistani Taliban, something that very nearly happened in 2009-2010.

THE TURBINE.

All experience rushes into this vortex. All the energized past, all the past that is living and worthy to live. All MOMENTUM, which is the past bearing upon us, RACE, RACE-MEMORY, instinct charging the PLACID,
NON-ENERGIZED FUTURE.
The DESIGN of the future in the grip of the human vortex. All the past that is vital, all the past that is capable of living into the future, is pregnant in the vortex, NOW.


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