For Americans, Afghanistan is not Their…

In 1942, during the darkest part of World War II, the novelist John Steinbeck wrote a slender book titled "The Moon is Down," about a coastal village in northern Europe overrun by the Nazis, who believe the natives should celebrate their arrival. They intend to clean up corruption, create efficient government and provide a good life for the people – while, of course, dragooning many of them into forced labor.

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