Based on The Kite Runner, assess Hosseini's political beliefs.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I would make the argument that one of the most intense political beliefs that Hosseini is making in his work is that there are some moments in which intervention and action from the outside is needed. Hosseini is suggesting that the presence of the Taliban in Afghanistan is something worthy of outside intervention.  Similar to Hassan being raped, one cannot simply remain silent when they see such evil being perpetrated.  In a condition in which a sense of restraint out of relativism is evident, it seems to me that Hosseini is clearly stating that there are instances when action and intervention has to be seen as justified.  One cannot turn away.  Amir has to "intervene" in returning to Afghanistan in order to do good, right that which is wrong. Amir cannot simply remain isolated.  He might have wished to do so, but he is compelled to act, to "become good again."  His return is to challenge Assef and the Taliban, something that he could have done initially in speaking out and acting when Hassan was in trouble in the alley.  What happened to him in the alley is essentially what Hosseini sees as happening to Afghanistan right now.  The parallels are striking and seem to indicate that Hosseini's political beliefs are in favor of military and external action in conditions when people are in need of help.  One cannot simply walk away from the Taliban and say that "that's their cultural beliefs."  There seem to be some instances where action is needed and where relativism falls short and simply fails.  This is where Hosseini's political beliefs seem to be residing in the novel.


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