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Repetition, Truth

posted on January 3, 2013

For The American Scholar, Neil Shea provides a dispatch from Afghanistan as the U.S. troops draw down. Shea writes:

“The elders have stopped talking. They listen to a soldier explain to them for the third or fourth time how the new system is supposed to work. 

‘You can’t come ask us to build you a madrassa or a clinic or a well anymore,’ the soldier says. ‘You have to go to your own government.’

It is the language of leaving, of withdrawal.” 

Read at The American Scholar