David Rohde is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and executive editor of newyorker.com.

In November 2008 he was captured by the Taliban while in Afghanistan. In June 2009 he escaped.

It must have been hell — but, apparently, even his Taliban captors had the common decency to give him toiletries.


You may remember the Taliban. We overthrew their government in 2001 because of their support of terrorism and their myriad human rights abuses.

And they really were inhumane.

But they gave their prisoners toothpaste and soap.

Let that sink in.

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