And [Najib] is angry. I can feel his anger. It is an earthquake trapped in a jewel box, waiting to erupt. He is being driven out by extremists, barbarians, conspirators, religious fundamentalists. Afghanistan is being betrayed by feudal, medieval warlords in the pay of foreign rulers. The future is being swallowed by the past.
– Phillip Corwin, Doomed in Afghanistan: a UN officer’s memoir of the fall of Kabul and Najibullah’s failed escape