I happen to believe strongly thatBut that doesn't mean that the culture and history of this wild place should not be preserved, and that's where Rory Stewart enters the big picture.
is, in fact, ungovernable, as a succession of foreign occupiers have learned to their dismay. Afghanistan
Stewart is the author of "The Places In Between," (2004) one of the best travel cum history books to come down the pike in a long time.
Stewart, a fearless (or fearlessly insane) Scotsman, walked the 600 miles of Afghanistan from western to eastern border to border alone in 2002 not long after the U.S.-led invasion repelled the Taliban. (Okay, Stewart had the company of a dog for much of the trek, but you don’t want to know what happened to it.)
It should go without saying that Stewart fell in love with
Photograph by Aaron Huey