The author and journalist Terry Glavin discusses his new book Come From the Shadows: The Long and Lonely Struggle for Peace in Afghanistan (Douglas & McIntyre, 2011), with Joseph Planta.
|Come From the Shadows: The Long and Lonely Struggle for Peace in Afghanistan by Terry Glavin. (Douglas & McIntyre, 2011)
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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver at TheCommentary.ca.
Terry Glavin joins me again. The award-winning journalist has a new book out now, Come From the Shadows: The Long and Lonely Struggle for Peace in Afghanistan. It’s a thought-provoking read about a place and a conflict we hear about a great deal, but perhaps don’t think about nearly as often as we should. In this book Mr. Glavin looks at Afghanistan and its people, but he also goes there and goes ‘outside the wire’ as it were and shows us a different sort of Afghanistan, one where its children are going to school, where women’s rights activists are speaking out, where rebuilding is happening. With Canada’s role in the region changing, and the American government also adjusting its role, even towards reconciliation with the Taliban, Terry Glavin warns us about what could happen. What I found particularly thoughtful was the author’s challenge and evisceration of the left’s knee-jerk reaction, that we should never have been there to begin with, that we should pull out immediately, and that it was never Canada’s place to be there. We’ll get him to tell us more of what’s in the book. Terry Glavin was last on for his book Waiting for the Macaws. He lectures at the University of Victoria, is the co-founder of the Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee, and he’s won many prizes for his work, including the 2009 British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence. His blog is at http://transmontanus.blogspot.com. This book is published by Douglas & McIntyre. Please welcome back to the Planta: On the Line program in Victoria, Terry Glavin; Good morning, Mr. Glavin.