‘Floating in outer space’

Two decades of Tampa politics
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October 2021, no. 436
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After the Tampa: From Afghanistan to New Zealand by Abbas Nazari

Allen and Unwin, $32.99 pb, 367 pp

‘Floating in outer space’

Two decades of Tampa politics
by
October 2021, no. 436

In late August, it took only a few days for the Taliban to secure control of Kabul in the wake of the final withdrawal of Western troops from Afghanistan. The breakneck speed of the takeover was accompanied by images of mass terror, alongside a profound sense of betrayal. As in the closing days of the Vietnam War in 1975, the international airport quickly became the epicentre of scenes of chaos and collective panic, as thousands rushed onto the tarmac in desperate attempts to board the last planes out of the country. Queues stretched for kilometres outside the country’s only passport office. It is still too early to tell whether the Taliban’s promises of a more ‘inclusive’ government and amnesty for former collaborators of the Western forces will be met. What is certain is that Western governments owe them safe passage, though, from the announcements coming from Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s office in late August, it seems unlikely this will be properly honoured.

Ruth Balint reviews 'After the Tampa: From Afghanistan to New Zealand' by Abbas Nazari

After the Tampa: From Afghanistan to New Zealand

by Abbas Nazari

Allen and Unwin, $32.99 pb, 367 pp

Buy this book

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