Bitter lake: searching for meaning in the afghan abyss

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Abstract

'We’re your boys, you stupid bitch! We’ve brought back Mujahideen ghosts!’
So shouts a disabled Russian serviceman to a woman who has asked him to stop his ranting and raving about the Afghan War of the 1980s on a subway train. The scene appears halfway through award-winning BBC filmmaker Adam Curtis’s latest piece, Bitter Lake. Afghanistan was the Soviet Union’s heart of darkness – the place where a crumbling empire sought to rediscover a last gasp of purpose. More recently it was the West’s apocalypse now.
Original languageEnglish
TypeArticle
Media of outputOnline
PublisherSpiked
Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2015

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