Magazine September 13, 2021, Issue

The Week

(Roman Genn)

Don’t think of it as surrender — think of it as a mask mandate for Afghan women.

A “forever war” is what, according to those who had tired of it, our presence in Afghanistan was: a violent scrum, bloody, pointless, and endless. The only smart thing to do with a forever war, according to critics on both the left and the isolationist right, is end it. Wars, however, do not end when only one party to them stops fighting. Long-standing problems require lengthy efforts. These can prevent wars from becoming much hotter; or they can avert the peace of

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