Monday, April 02, 2012

War by Sebastian Junger

I'm currently reading THIS book. It's non-fiction about US soldiers fighting in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan. “The Korangal Valley,” Junger explains, “is sort of the Afghanistan of Afghanistan: too ­remote to conquer, too poor to intimidate, too autonomous to buy off.” It's required reading, but it's excellent. I wish everyone who wasted their time on Hunger Games would go out and pick up a copy- if only so they'd realize that people are out there fighting and dying this very moment.

And it really is almost like a game:

"In April, the United States Army closed its bases in the Korangal Valley and sent the soldiers to other places. After five years of fighting and dying, American commanders decided the valley wasn’t worth the fight. War indeed."

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