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Seeds of Terror: How Heroin Is Bankrolling the Taliban and al Qaeda (edição: 2009)

de Gretchen Peters (Autor)

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Most Americans think of the Taliban and al-Qaeda as a bunch of bearded fanatics fighting an Islamic crusade from caves in Afghanistan. But that doesn't explain their astonishing comeback along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Why is it that eight years after we invaded Afghanistan, the CIA says that these groups are better armed and better funded than ever?Seeds of Terror will reshape the way you think about America's enemies, revealing them less as ideologues and more as criminals who earn half a billion dollars every year off the opium trade. With the breakneck pace of a thriller, author Gretchen Peters traces their illicit activities from vast poppy fields in southern Afghanistan to heroin labs run by Taliban commanders, from drug convoys armed with Stinger missiles to the money launderers of Karachi and Dubai.This isn't a fanciful conspiracy theory. Seeds of Terror is based on hundreds of interviews with Taliban fighters, smugglers, and law enforcement and intelligence agents. Their information is matched by intelligence reports shown to the author by frustrated U.S. officials who fear the next 9/11 will be far deadlier than the first-and paid for with drug profits.Seeds of Terror makes the case that we must cut terrorists off from their drug earnings if we ever hope to beat them. This war isn't about ideology or religion. It's about creating a new economy for Afghanistan-and breaking the cycle of violence and extremism that has gripped the region for decades.… (mais)
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Título:Seeds of Terror: How Heroin Is Bankrolling the Taliban and al Qaeda
Autores:Gretchen Peters (Autor)
Informação:Thomas Dunne Books (2009), Edition: First Edition, 300 pages
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Highly recommend, very interesting story. I found it was a little hard to follow some of the twists and turns and jumps from place to place so I read it twice and found it much more coherent the 2nd go-around.

This is the author's opinion and theory, and so it could be true/not true or partly true but, regardless, the story of the "regular folk" in that neck of the world really individualizes the Afghanies to me. We - USA born folk, often generalize about Middle Easterners being all one way or the other... I tend to do that too, because that's all I hear and see on the news, but this book turned what, for me, was a monolithic group into millions of individuals with individual concerns and lives. I'm not sure I feel comfortable yet with them and I'm really impressed that the author felt (relatively) comfortable moving about in that world, but I hope I look at the problems in the Middle East through a more individualistic lens rather than lumping them all together. If I'm able to do that, it'll be partly (mostly?) due to this book. Highly recommend. ( )
  marshapetry | Oct 9, 2016 |
This is unquestionably an important topic, but the book doesn't do it justice. The narrative meanders around in circles, repeating points both major and minor; the reader is left to drown in detail. As someone who has been following the news, little of this felt new or surprising to me; I'm sure that some of the details were specific to this book, but they weren't set apart or highlighted in such a way that I could appreciate them. Ultimately, it read like a long -- a very long -- newswire story, without enough life or color to bring the story and color alive. A good narrative nonfiction book finds a way to organize its material and make it compelling; this one doesn't. ( )
1 vote Chatterbox | Jan 2, 2010 |
An excellent perspective on the main problem facing the people of Afghanistan and those countries and organizations seeking to help them develop their long neglected country. If you want to know why we aren't making any progress and need to continue to place more assets and lives in harms way then you should read this book. ( )
  cutiger80 | May 20, 2009 |
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As Peters shows, from the poppy growers, to the Taliban and other local powers, to the drug lords and their allies in government, the influence of opium money pervades Afghan life.
 
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Most Americans think of the Taliban and al-Qaeda as a bunch of bearded fanatics fighting an Islamic crusade from caves in Afghanistan. But that doesn't explain their astonishing comeback along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Why is it that eight years after we invaded Afghanistan, the CIA says that these groups are better armed and better funded than ever?Seeds of Terror will reshape the way you think about America's enemies, revealing them less as ideologues and more as criminals who earn half a billion dollars every year off the opium trade. With the breakneck pace of a thriller, author Gretchen Peters traces their illicit activities from vast poppy fields in southern Afghanistan to heroin labs run by Taliban commanders, from drug convoys armed with Stinger missiles to the money launderers of Karachi and Dubai.This isn't a fanciful conspiracy theory. Seeds of Terror is based on hundreds of interviews with Taliban fighters, smugglers, and law enforcement and intelligence agents. Their information is matched by intelligence reports shown to the author by frustrated U.S. officials who fear the next 9/11 will be far deadlier than the first-and paid for with drug profits.Seeds of Terror makes the case that we must cut terrorists off from their drug earnings if we ever hope to beat them. This war isn't about ideology or religion. It's about creating a new economy for Afghanistan-and breaking the cycle of violence and extremism that has gripped the region for decades.

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