Kabul 24 by Henry O. Arnold and Ben Pearson, is an enthralling true story. Eight Christian aid workers and sixteen Afghan workers are seized by the Taliban shortly before Sept. 11, 2001. Thrown in the most horrible, filthy conditions, the eight rely on their intense faith in God to comfort them through many harrowing experiences. Never knowing when they may be moved to another prison, isolated from outside news, an Afghan angel appears in a human form and tries to improve their captivity. Georg, the leader of the aid workers, angonizes over his friends, the sixteen Afghan prisoners, and prays they are freed and no one dies.The story revealed the insanity of the Taliban and their strange belief in Sharia law. Women are so minimized as to be shadows in a burka, and any form of dissent is cause for a trip to the Vice and Virtues prison for rehabilitation. I found the Taliban's attitudes totally frightening and could not imagine ever living under such restrictive conditions. Our political leaders, especially our president, should read this story and then make their decision about sending in more troops to finally defeat the despicable Taliban regime.
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