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The airport: a story of the fall of Kabul

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    streblo
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    A journalist I follow on Twitter introduced this piece thusly: It’s quite good, and also quite long.

    A journalist I follow on Twitter introduced this piece thusly:

    You will remember this piece for the rest of your life. Not only for the gut-punches in the story at its core, but as a meditation on what we did to Afghanistan, what Afghanistan did to us, and how little we understood about either.

    It’s quite good, and also quite long.

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    1. streblo
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      A follow up on this quote. Didn't realize it at the time but this quote is almost certainly (he's not explicitly named) from the 'second Andrew' in this piece. So it's probably not an impartial...

      A follow up on this quote. Didn't realize it at the time but this quote is almost certainly (he's not explicitly named) from the 'second Andrew' in this piece. So it's probably not an impartial quote, although I will say I still like it.

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  2. EgoEimi
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    Thanks for sharing. Just finished reading it. It is indeed quite long — but beautiful. Sometimes it's easy to see an ocean of sand when I see photos of crowds of desperate people. But then I made...

    Thanks for sharing. Just finished reading it. It is indeed quite long — but beautiful.

    Sometimes it's easy to see an ocean of sand when I see photos of crowds of desperate people. But then I made to remember that each grain is an individual with an individual human story.

    A few days before the Taliban came to town, one of Zahra’s colleagues overheard a man on a bus say he’d already picked out the women he’d kidnap as wives. Zahra hears some men cheering as she walks, others laughing at her quickened steps. She had wanted to stay in Afghanistan and fight for it. Her Oxford shoes slippery with blood, it occurs to her that her country would be lost to tyranny as long as tyranny occupied not only the presidential palace but the streets. Zahra starts to run.

    This struck me. I cannot imagine being imprisoned in such a society.

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