What My Experience in Afghanistan Taught Me About Iraq

Ten years ago I was in Kabul, Afghanistan, documenting human rights violations. I went to Afghanistan for the same reason I supported New Zealand troops being in Afghanistan at the time, because I thought ending the violent and oppressive reign of the Taliban was an international responsibility. I believed our presence was invited by the local community, and I hoped we could make a small, but meaningful contribution to a peaceful and just resolution to one of the twenty-first century’s major conflicts.


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