5 February 2015

Bitter Lake: searching for meaning in the Afghan abyss

Adam Curtis’s latest is a Heart of Darkness for the post-9/11 era.

18 July 2013

Overdosing on post-traumatic stress disorder

What’s really striking about British soldiers in Afghanistan is not their vulnerability, but their resilience.

5 June 2013

Invasion of the
tank-chasing lawyers

Lawyers leading the prosecution of British soldiers for abusing Afghans are unwittingly legitimising the war on terror.

15 September 2011

How a few burqa-clad militants terrified the West

The so-called ‘Kabul offensive’ by the Taliban was nothing like the Tet Offensive in Vietnam – but it’s telling that the two are being compared.

28 June 2011

Mission accomplished? What mission, exactly?

It’s fitting that the aimless, pointless Afghan War is being wound down according to a timetable drawn up in a White House backroom.

The killing of OBL: therapy for the West

Why the shooting of a sickly has-been jihadist was turned into a momentous and historic occasion on a par with VJ Day.

17 January 2011

A war in search of a raison d'être.

The revelation that British troops are in Afghanistan simply to ‘keep busy’ exposes the surrealism of a disastrous war.

30 November 2010

Wikileaks: this isn’t journalism ‑ it’s voyeurism

High-minded newspapers’ celebration of the latest Wikileaks revelations is a cynical attempt to turn voyeurism into a virtue.

20 September 2010

Afghanistan: democracy
as publicity stunt

Saturday’s elections were more about giving a shot in the arm to Western politicians than giving control to Afghanis.