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Kara Kush [PDF / Epub] ✅ Kara Kush Author Idries Shah – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Adam, convinced that a resistance movement is imperative, rallies his followers, the ill equipped patriots, to fight back Idries Shah, the author of this gripping story, is the best known Afghan write Adam, convinced that a resistance movement is imperative, rallies his followers, the ill equipped patriots, to fight back Idries Shah, the author of this gripping story, is the best known Afghan writer of our time His books on Sufism, philosophy, history, and travel, are known the world over Shah was the descendant of a thousand year old Afghan family, and an author and teacher who found success explaining the East to the West Kara Kush, first published in , is his only novel a fascinating adventure in which a gifted writer set out to inform the world about Afghan society, history, and culture According to interviews with Shah, the novel is based on fact and eyewitness accounts.


10 thoughts on “Kara Kush

  1. Ita Marquess Ita Marquess says:

    It has been written that this is a bad novel, but a good read That there are too many characters in Kara Kush with the main ones underdeveloped That Shah took liberties with his portrayal of Afghanistan, and of the events which took place during the Russian Afghan War, which started in 1979 and lasted for a decade That the novel was unfair to the Russians All of the above can be justified if you approach Kara Kush with conventional expectations of what a novel should be, and, specificall It has been written that this is a bad novel, but a good read That there are too many characters in Kara Kush with the main ones underdeveloped That Shah took liberties with his portrayal of Afghanistan, and of the events which took place during the Russian Afghan War, which started in 1979 and lasted for a decade That the novel was unfair to the Russians All of the above can be justified if you approach Kara Kush with conventional expectations of what a novel should be, and, specifically, what a war novel should be.I am no expert on war novels, but I found Idries Shah s account of the weapons and tactics deployed very authentic He does not flinch from describing the awful carnage which resulted from the everdevastating battles Even in the opening chapters there are shocks For me the first was the use of a biological agent to attack Afghan villages Then a different type of shock Russian rank and file soldiers suffered from night blindness because of their atrocious diet This is definitely not a book glorifying war.Who is the main character At first you assume it is Adam Durrani, whose nom de guerre is Kara Kush, or The Eagle, a commander of genius with the ability to unite people from all the disparate Afghan tribes Then, when he retreats into the background, or disappears for lengthy periods, it occurs to you that it is Afghanistan, or Aryana as she was known in ancient times, who plays the central role We see her in the fiercely independent ethnic groups, whose lives are inextricably linked to the landscapes they inhabit, and who still bear the imprint of their histories The Israelites, Alexander the Great, Zoroaster, Ghengis Khan, the Buddha and the Arabs have all contributed to the Afghan physique and psyche.You see in Aryana people who have learned to think for themselves, whose reactions are unexpected, even astonishing, whose unity arises organically from a common purpose Her adversary, Nikolai the Soviet Army resorts to conditioning individuals, sometimes very subtly, and teaching them to follow rules blindly When confronted with the unexpected the Russian soldier shows bewilderment What is at stake for Aryana in opposing the invasion by Nikolai is nothing less than her Soul.In Book IV, Chapter 3 of the novel, Hasan Mirza, Treasurer of Stories, summarises Attar s Parliament of Birds When he is asked if the story is a good omen, he replies It speaks of man, of course, and of the fact that it is the unity of human souls which totals absolute divinity and truth, from which we are ordinarily separated What has a storyteller in a bazaar at Peshawar, in Pakistan to do with the Russian Afghan War The American poet, Coleman Barks, when asked why the Iranian poet, Rumi s writing was so effective, replied that there are major streamings in consciousness, fana and baka Arabic words that refer to the play and intersection of life with the divine By letting these two conditions, fana and baka, flow and exist simultaneously in his poetry, Rumi is saying that they are one thing, the core of a true human being, which he was, and out of which the poems are spoken This is how alive his model of the human psyche is, where the secular and sacred are always mingling, the mystic and the ordinary, dream vision and street life I am sure fana and baka exist simultaneously in Kara Kush


  2. Robs Robs says:

    An exciting and informative genuine war story, based on real events and people known to the author While the horrors of war are included it also shows that great deeds are still possible during conflict There s also a lot of explanation regarding Afghanistan and the Afghan weaved into the text If you re going to read a war book, read this one.


  3. Aubrey Davis Aubrey Davis says:

    Idries Shah used eye witness testimony from freedom fighters, refugees and relatives to pen his gripping novel of Afghan courage, independence and struggle against Soviet tyranny Most of its remarkable and dastardly characters actually existed Kara Kush dramatizes a turning point in modern history still playing out today It familiarizes us with Afghanistan and its diverse peoples It details how small, independent, adaptable groups used optimism, creativity and clear thinking to jointly bring Idries Shah used eye witness testimony from freedom fighters, refugees and relatives to pen his gripping novel of Afghan courage, independence and struggle against Soviet tyranny Most of its remarkable and dastardly characters actually existed Kara Kush dramatizes a turning point in modern history still playing out today It familiarizes us with Afghanistan and its diverse peoples It details how small, independent, adaptable groups used optimism, creativity and clear thinking to jointly bring down the Soviet Union It also hints at something mysterious, an unexpected resource that may spring to our aid when truly needed Perhaps all this indicates how a deadly and apparently insurmountable problem can elicit what s necessary to address it Like most of Shah s work there sto Kara Kush than meets the eye It is a book about us our pitfalls and our limitless possibilities I loved it


  4. Alexandra Sellers Alexandra Sellers says:

    I read this book when it was first published in 1987, and then it was a story of heroism and villainy and fierce independence and gold treasure and adventure and war and especially of hope I loved it The story, the characters all based on real people and incidents really made me hope that the Afghans could beat the invading Russians and drive them out of the country And they did The Afghans triumphed against extraordinary odds and the Russians left And even as actually predicted by characte I read this book when it was first published in 1987, and then it was a story of heroism and villainy and fierce independence and gold treasure and adventure and war and especially of hope I loved it The story, the characters all based on real people and incidents really made me hope that the Afghans could beat the invading Russians and drive them out of the country And they did The Afghans triumphed against extraordinary odds and the Russians left And even as actually predicted by characters in the book, Afghanistan is where Empires die, Nikolai the Soviet Empire itself fell The Nobel Peace Prize did not save it from the truth of what it was.And then the world s other great superpower decided to kick this tiny nation when they were down For fifteenyears they have been outnumbered, outweaponed, betrayed and still these heroes fight.Now I ve re read KARA KUSH, and now it reads very differently for me Now it seems to me that the author could foresee a different possible future than the one he hoped and worked for Now I feel that the book is actually a deeply passionate love letter to his country, chronicling in loving despair all its stunning physical beauty, its fiercely wonderful and varied people, its unique character and nature, against the day all that might be lost That he wanted to make a record this is what we were Now, heartbreaking as it is, I can t put the book down I keep re reading the descriptions of beautiful valleys and magnificent people, the rich variety of tribal people and areas a magical land and I tear up each time.It s a great adventure story, it has descriptions of battle so convincing it seems clear the author was actually there, it has a mountain of gold, it has flawed but fiercely noble heroes, and villains and evil too grotesque to be anything but true to life but the real heart of the story is Afghanistan, the author s Beloved An utterly heartbreaking read


  5. Toni Toni says:

    There is a new edition of Kara Kush soon to be out This is the blurb from ISF Page.In December of 1979, Soviet tanks rolled across the borders of Afghanistan, beginning a period of barbaric aggression that triggered a turning point in modern history Idries Shah s brilliant novel chronicles the courageous 10 year resistance of the Afghan people, an epic story of triumph over tyranny that deserves to be immortalized.Kara Kush is the definitive story of freedom fighters It is a story of patrioti There is a new edition of Kara Kush soon to be out This is the blurb from ISF Page.In December of 1979, Soviet tanks rolled across the borders of Afghanistan, beginning a period of barbaric aggression that triggered a turning point in modern history Idries Shah s brilliant novel chronicles the courageous 10 year resistance of the Afghan people, an epic story of triumph over tyranny that deserves to be immortalized.Kara Kush is the definitive story of freedom fighters It is a story of patriotism in action, mobilized and fueled not by a mass media propaganda machine, or the charisma of a single individual, but by a thousands of years old tradition of proud independence, deep love of one s land, and fierce will to survive.Kara Kush was first published in 1986, at a time when most of the outside world dismissed the Afghan resistance as a rag tag lot of rival guerilla factions in a futile holdout against an invincible military machine With extraordinary insight into human nature and the course of human history, Kara Kush told the real story.According to Shah, almost all of the people in the text of the novel actually exist or did.The accounts of battles and raids, precise military details, and the stories of Soviet and red Afghan atrocities were all from primary sources eye witnesses, participants, defectors, victims, and prisoners.This remarkable book, among all other sources, offers keys to understanding not only this important strategic region, but the very phase in world history in which we find ourselves today Muchthan a novel, eventhan a tribute, Kara Kush stands as a model of human vision, leadership, cooperation, and capacity at a time when we need it most I collected this material from freedom fighters, some of them my own relatives, from refugees, and from men and women, fighting shoulder to shoulder, from all over Afghanistan Idries Shah


  6. John Zada John Zada says:

    This is an authentic work of fiction about the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and the mujahedeen resistance against it, that draws from the author s personal observations, experiences and knowledge about the country Shah s family have deep connections to Afghanistan going back many centuries, and the author actually travelled to the area during the war and experienced the conflict for himself The narrative is fast moving, nuanced, and incredibly detailed, all of which has the effect of making This is an authentic work of fiction about the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and the mujahedeen resistance against it, that draws from the author s personal observations, experiences and knowledge about the country Shah s family have deep connections to Afghanistan going back many centuries, and the author actually travelled to the area during the war and experienced the conflict for himself The narrative is fast moving, nuanced, and incredibly detailed, all of which has the effect of making you feel as if you re right there in the centre of the action with the main characters


  7. Toni Toni says:

    The horror of war plainly in view Especially the horror of a war brought about by insane aggression and greed The events described are reliably said to be a matter of facts dressed as fiction extra dimensions added by the stories within stories Stories embedded in incidents If it is never mind all that Then let it be, as it isan exciting thrilling read No wonder it was a best seller in 1987 And, and given the rise of oligarchs not at all outdated.


  8. Chris Chris says:

    I read this book a long time ago way before 9 11, but I m not sure exactly when It made such a strong impression on me that the knowledge I gleaned about Afghanistan from it feels like stuff that I have always known Every time the topic of Afghanistan comes up in the newsandfrequently these days I am reminded of it It s a great read, with action, intrigue and an exotic background It s heartbreaking and exhilarating Highly recommended.


  9. Mark Hill Mark Hill says:

    Before reviewing Kara Kush, I would briefly like to mention thats new charity platform, through whichgives money to a charity of choice each time you make a purchase on , has been up and running for a while If you would liketo give money to your favourite charity each time you use thesite, simply googleSmile and choose your charity Then save theSmile site to your favourites bar and each time you feel the urge to splurge, simply log into y Before reviewing Kara Kush, I would briefly like to mention thats new charity platform, through whichgives money to a charity of choice each time you make a purchase on , has been up and running for a while If you would liketo give money to your favourite charity each time you use thesite, simply googleSmile and choose your charity Then save theSmile site to your favourites bar and each time you feel the urge to splurge, simply log into youraccount throughSmile andwill help your favourite charity at no cost to yourself.For anyone who has read, or, is thinking of reading Kara Kush, who would like to help alleviate suffering in Afghanistan in a small way, Afghanaid is on the list of charities atSmile.Saying Victory over the weak isshameful than any defeat Today, forty years ago, on Christmas Eve 1979, Russia, the largest country in the world, invaded Afghanistan dropping mines designed to look like toys which blinded and crippled children, burning civilians alive, burning crops, bombing flat ancient towns and thieving anything of value which they had not destroyed The invasion created the largest refugee population in the world at that time One might have expected understanding, empathy and support for Afghanistan from the rest of the world but, as we have come to expect, the international community turned away.Kara Kush, Idries Shah s only novel, is a finely woven story of how Afghans dealt with and defeated the Russian army partly precipitating the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the fall of the Berlin Wall Categorised as fiction, much of the book is based on first hand reports and experience the fine detail regarding the Russian army, including the phone number of the KGB now FSB , is not fiction.In the book, humour, ruse, flare for improvisation, selflessness, grit and hard work, spur the Afghan freedom fighters to victory in a war which would see the Russians expelled in ignominy from their country Throughout the book one learns that Russian patterns of thought were rigid and predictable crippled by strictures of communist doctrine and reliance on leadership based in offices a world away in Moscow Theflexible, oriental, Nasrudin like thinking of the Afghans, once the freedom fighters were organised, waseffective and, far from suffering from detached leadership, Afghans led from the front The Russians assumed themselves to be amodern, sophisticated nation and, like all fools, underestimated the superior culture and intelligence of their enemy With hindsight, the invasion of Afghanistan described in the book was the first domino in a series of catastrophic events civil war, the rise of the Taliban, 9 11, the US occupation, the germination and growth of the ideologies of Al Qaeda and ISIS and turmoil in the Middle East The dominos continue to fall In late 2019 there has been a halting election in Afghanistan, during which Gulbuddin Hekmatyar who shelled, starved and murdered countless civilians during the civil war returned to Kabul to rescue Afghanistan from crisis on condition that he should be granted the title Saviour of Afghanistan And, Donald Trump is currently negotiating with the Taliban As the saying goes, You have to laugh or else you ll cry maybe something will go right by accident.Like Mulla Nasrudin in his role as a donkey smuggler, Kara Kush, as well as highlighting the plight of Afghans, smuggles useful ideas and ways of thinking into the reader s mind The book deservedly became a best seller and it s good to see it republished onby the Idries Shah Foundation charity.Having visited the Idries Shah Foundation website today there is a notice mentioning that the ISF charity is now registered withSmile If anyone should wish to help Afghanistan, it s another good opportunity ISF are successfully providing children in Afghanistan with free books on an impressive scale their website is excellent and worth a visit


  10. Peter Peter says:

    A totally gripping adventure story, but one that is perhapstruthful than a simply factual account could be This is an inside history of the Russian invasion of Afghanistan and the gradual build up of the resistance groups, told through the personal stories of a wide variety of people, each vividly presented, with a wealth of enlightening detail Highly recommended.


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10 thoughts on “Kara Kush

  1. Ita Marquess Ita Marquess says:

    It has been written that this is a bad novel, but a good read That there are too many characters in Kara Kush with the main ones underdeveloped That Shah took liberties with his portrayal of Afghanistan, and of the events which took place during the Russian Afghan War, which started in 1979 and lasted for a decade That the novel was unfair to the Russians All of the above can be justified if you approach Kara Kush with conventional expectations of what a novel should be, and, specificall It has been written that this is a bad novel, but a good read That there are too many characters in Kara Kush with the main ones underdeveloped That Shah took liberties with his portrayal of Afghanistan, and of the events which took place during the Russian Afghan War, which started in 1979 and lasted for a decade That the novel was unfair to the Russians All of the above can be justified if you approach Kara Kush with conventional expectations of what a novel should be, and, specifically, what a war novel should be.I am no expert on war novels, but I found Idries Shah s account of the weapons and tactics deployed very authentic He does not flinch from describing the awful carnage which resulted from the everdevastating battles Even in the opening chapters there are shocks For me the first was the use of a biological agent to attack Afghan villages Then a different type of shock Russian rank and file soldiers suffered from night blindness because of their atrocious diet This is definitely not a book glorifying war.Who is the main character At first you assume it is Adam Durrani, whose nom de guerre is Kara Kush, or The Eagle, a commander of genius with the ability to unite people from all the disparate Afghan tribes Then, when he retreats into the background, or disappears for lengthy periods, it occurs to you that it is Afghanistan, or Aryana as she was known in ancient times, who plays the central role We see her in the fiercely independent ethnic groups, whose lives are inextricably linked to the landscapes they inhabit, and who still bear the imprint of their histories The Israelites, Alexander the Great, Zoroaster, Ghengis Khan, the Buddha and the Arabs have all contributed to the Afghan physique and psyche.You see in Aryana people who have learned to think for themselves, whose reactions are unexpected, even astonishing, whose unity arises organically from a common purpose Her adversary, Nikolai the Soviet Army resorts to conditioning individuals, sometimes very subtly, and teaching them to follow rules blindly When confronted with the unexpected the Russian soldier shows bewilderment What is at stake for Aryana in opposing the invasion by Nikolai is nothing less than her Soul.In Book IV, Chapter 3 of the novel, Hasan Mirza, Treasurer of Stories, summarises Attar s Parliament of Birds When he is asked if the story is a good omen, he replies It speaks of man, of course, and of the fact that it is the unity of human souls which totals absolute divinity and truth, from which we are ordinarily separated What has a storyteller in a bazaar at Peshawar, in Pakistan to do with the Russian Afghan War The American poet, Coleman Barks, when asked why the Iranian poet, Rumi s writing was so effective, replied that there are major streamings in consciousness, fana and baka Arabic words that refer to the play and intersection of life with the divine By letting these two conditions, fana and baka, flow and exist simultaneously in his poetry, Rumi is saying that they are one thing, the core of a true human being, which he was, and out of which the poems are spoken This is how alive his model of the human psyche is, where the secular and sacred are always mingling, the mystic and the ordinary, dream vision and street life I am sure fana and baka exist simultaneously in Kara Kush

  2. Robs Robs says:

    An exciting and informative genuine war story, based on real events and people known to the author While the horrors of war are included it also shows that great deeds are still possible during conflict There s also a lot of explanation regarding Afghanistan and the Afghan weaved into the text If you re going to read a war book, read this one.

  3. Aubrey Davis Aubrey Davis says:

    Idries Shah used eye witness testimony from freedom fighters, refugees and relatives to pen his gripping novel of Afghan courage, independence and struggle against Soviet tyranny Most of its remarkable and dastardly characters actually existed Kara Kush dramatizes a turning point in modern history still playing out today It familiarizes us with Afghanistan and its diverse peoples It details how small, independent, adaptable groups used optimism, creativity and clear thinking to jointly bring Idries Shah used eye witness testimony from freedom fighters, refugees and relatives to pen his gripping novel of Afghan courage, independence and struggle against Soviet tyranny Most of its remarkable and dastardly characters actually existed Kara Kush dramatizes a turning point in modern history still playing out today It familiarizes us with Afghanistan and its diverse peoples It details how small, independent, adaptable groups used optimism, creativity and clear thinking to jointly bring down the Soviet Union It also hints at something mysterious, an unexpected resource that may spring to our aid when truly needed Perhaps all this indicates how a deadly and apparently insurmountable problem can elicit what s necessary to address it Like most of Shah s work there sto Kara Kush than meets the eye It is a book about us our pitfalls and our limitless possibilities I loved it

  4. Alexandra Sellers Alexandra Sellers says:

    I read this book when it was first published in 1987, and then it was a story of heroism and villainy and fierce independence and gold treasure and adventure and war and especially of hope I loved it The story, the characters all based on real people and incidents really made me hope that the Afghans could beat the invading Russians and drive them out of the country And they did The Afghans triumphed against extraordinary odds and the Russians left And even as actually predicted by characte I read this book when it was first published in 1987, and then it was a story of heroism and villainy and fierce independence and gold treasure and adventure and war and especially of hope I loved it The story, the characters all based on real people and incidents really made me hope that the Afghans could beat the invading Russians and drive them out of the country And they did The Afghans triumphed against extraordinary odds and the Russians left And even as actually predicted by characters in the book, Afghanistan is where Empires die, Nikolai the Soviet Empire itself fell The Nobel Peace Prize did not save it from the truth of what it was.And then the world s other great superpower decided to kick this tiny nation when they were down For fifteenyears they have been outnumbered, outweaponed, betrayed and still these heroes fight.Now I ve re read KARA KUSH, and now it reads very differently for me Now it seems to me that the author could foresee a different possible future than the one he hoped and worked for Now I feel that the book is actually a deeply passionate love letter to his country, chronicling in loving despair all its stunning physical beauty, its fiercely wonderful and varied people, its unique character and nature, against the day all that might be lost That he wanted to make a record this is what we were Now, heartbreaking as it is, I can t put the book down I keep re reading the descriptions of beautiful valleys and magnificent people, the rich variety of tribal people and areas a magical land and I tear up each time.It s a great adventure story, it has descriptions of battle so convincing it seems clear the author was actually there, it has a mountain of gold, it has flawed but fiercely noble heroes, and villains and evil too grotesque to be anything but true to life but the real heart of the story is Afghanistan, the author s Beloved An utterly heartbreaking read

  5. Toni Toni says:

    There is a new edition of Kara Kush soon to be out This is the blurb from ISF Page.In December of 1979, Soviet tanks rolled across the borders of Afghanistan, beginning a period of barbaric aggression that triggered a turning point in modern history Idries Shah s brilliant novel chronicles the courageous 10 year resistance of the Afghan people, an epic story of triumph over tyranny that deserves to be immortalized.Kara Kush is the definitive story of freedom fighters It is a story of patrioti There is a new edition of Kara Kush soon to be out This is the blurb from ISF Page.In December of 1979, Soviet tanks rolled across the borders of Afghanistan, beginning a period of barbaric aggression that triggered a turning point in modern history Idries Shah s brilliant novel chronicles the courageous 10 year resistance of the Afghan people, an epic story of triumph over tyranny that deserves to be immortalized.Kara Kush is the definitive story of freedom fighters It is a story of patriotism in action, mobilized and fueled not by a mass media propaganda machine, or the charisma of a single individual, but by a thousands of years old tradition of proud independence, deep love of one s land, and fierce will to survive.Kara Kush was first published in 1986, at a time when most of the outside world dismissed the Afghan resistance as a rag tag lot of rival guerilla factions in a futile holdout against an invincible military machine With extraordinary insight into human nature and the course of human history, Kara Kush told the real story.According to Shah, almost all of the people in the text of the novel actually exist or did.The accounts of battles and raids, precise military details, and the stories of Soviet and red Afghan atrocities were all from primary sources eye witnesses, participants, defectors, victims, and prisoners.This remarkable book, among all other sources, offers keys to understanding not only this important strategic region, but the very phase in world history in which we find ourselves today Muchthan a novel, eventhan a tribute, Kara Kush stands as a model of human vision, leadership, cooperation, and capacity at a time when we need it most I collected this material from freedom fighters, some of them my own relatives, from refugees, and from men and women, fighting shoulder to shoulder, from all over Afghanistan Idries Shah

  6. John Zada John Zada says:

    This is an authentic work of fiction about the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and the mujahedeen resistance against it, that draws from the author s personal observations, experiences and knowledge about the country Shah s family have deep connections to Afghanistan going back many centuries, and the author actually travelled to the area during the war and experienced the conflict for himself The narrative is fast moving, nuanced, and incredibly detailed, all of which has the effect of making This is an authentic work of fiction about the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and the mujahedeen resistance against it, that draws from the author s personal observations, experiences and knowledge about the country Shah s family have deep connections to Afghanistan going back many centuries, and the author actually travelled to the area during the war and experienced the conflict for himself The narrative is fast moving, nuanced, and incredibly detailed, all of which has the effect of making you feel as if you re right there in the centre of the action with the main characters

  7. Toni Toni says:

    The horror of war plainly in view Especially the horror of a war brought about by insane aggression and greed The events described are reliably said to be a matter of facts dressed as fiction extra dimensions added by the stories within stories Stories embedded in incidents If it is never mind all that Then let it be, as it isan exciting thrilling read No wonder it was a best seller in 1987 And, and given the rise of oligarchs not at all outdated.

  8. Chris Chris says:

    I read this book a long time ago way before 9 11, but I m not sure exactly when It made such a strong impression on me that the knowledge I gleaned about Afghanistan from it feels like stuff that I have always known Every time the topic of Afghanistan comes up in the newsandfrequently these days I am reminded of it It s a great read, with action, intrigue and an exotic background It s heartbreaking and exhilarating Highly recommended.

  9. Mark Hill Mark Hill says:

    Before reviewing Kara Kush, I would briefly like to mention thats new charity platform, through whichgives money to a charity of choice each time you make a purchase on , has been up and running for a while If you would liketo give money to your favourite charity each time you use thesite, simply googleSmile and choose your charity Then save theSmile site to your favourites bar and each time you feel the urge to splurge, simply log into y Before reviewing Kara Kush, I would briefly like to mention thats new charity platform, through whichgives money to a charity of choice each time you make a purchase on , has been up and running for a while If you would liketo give money to your favourite charity each time you use thesite, simply googleSmile and choose your charity Then save theSmile site to your favourites bar and each time you feel the urge to splurge, simply log into youraccount throughSmile andwill help your favourite charity at no cost to yourself.For anyone who has read, or, is thinking of reading Kara Kush, who would like to help alleviate suffering in Afghanistan in a small way, Afghanaid is on the list of charities atSmile.Saying Victory over the weak isshameful than any defeat Today, forty years ago, on Christmas Eve 1979, Russia, the largest country in the world, invaded Afghanistan dropping mines designed to look like toys which blinded and crippled children, burning civilians alive, burning crops, bombing flat ancient towns and thieving anything of value which they had not destroyed The invasion created the largest refugee population in the world at that time One might have expected understanding, empathy and support for Afghanistan from the rest of the world but, as we have come to expect, the international community turned away.Kara Kush, Idries Shah s only novel, is a finely woven story of how Afghans dealt with and defeated the Russian army partly precipitating the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the fall of the Berlin Wall Categorised as fiction, much of the book is based on first hand reports and experience the fine detail regarding the Russian army, including the phone number of the KGB now FSB , is not fiction.In the book, humour, ruse, flare for improvisation, selflessness, grit and hard work, spur the Afghan freedom fighters to victory in a war which would see the Russians expelled in ignominy from their country Throughout the book one learns that Russian patterns of thought were rigid and predictable crippled by strictures of communist doctrine and reliance on leadership based in offices a world away in Moscow Theflexible, oriental, Nasrudin like thinking of the Afghans, once the freedom fighters were organised, waseffective and, far from suffering from detached leadership, Afghans led from the front The Russians assumed themselves to be amodern, sophisticated nation and, like all fools, underestimated the superior culture and intelligence of their enemy With hindsight, the invasion of Afghanistan described in the book was the first domino in a series of catastrophic events civil war, the rise of the Taliban, 9 11, the US occupation, the germination and growth of the ideologies of Al Qaeda and ISIS and turmoil in the Middle East The dominos continue to fall In late 2019 there has been a halting election in Afghanistan, during which Gulbuddin Hekmatyar who shelled, starved and murdered countless civilians during the civil war returned to Kabul to rescue Afghanistan from crisis on condition that he should be granted the title Saviour of Afghanistan And, Donald Trump is currently negotiating with the Taliban As the saying goes, You have to laugh or else you ll cry maybe something will go right by accident.Like Mulla Nasrudin in his role as a donkey smuggler, Kara Kush, as well as highlighting the plight of Afghans, smuggles useful ideas and ways of thinking into the reader s mind The book deservedly became a best seller and it s good to see it republished onby the Idries Shah Foundation charity.Having visited the Idries Shah Foundation website today there is a notice mentioning that the ISF charity is now registered withSmile If anyone should wish to help Afghanistan, it s another good opportunity ISF are successfully providing children in Afghanistan with free books on an impressive scale their website is excellent and worth a visit

  10. Peter Peter says:

    A totally gripping adventure story, but one that is perhapstruthful than a simply factual account could be This is an inside history of the Russian invasion of Afghanistan and the gradual build up of the resistance groups, told through the personal stories of a wide variety of people, each vividly presented, with a wealth of enlightening detail Highly recommended.

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