It's September 2001 and Laila and Tariq are working. They notice a crowd gathering in the hotel lobby, staring at a television screen tuned to the BBC. Laila and Tariq join the crowd and watch as a plane crashes into the second World Trade Center Tower in New York. A few days after President Bush declares war on Afghanistan, Tariq suggests to Laila that if the U.S.A. is able to remove the Taliban, Afghanistan could be benefit. Laila reminds Tariq that war is war and it doesn't matter whose bombs are falling when innocent people are dying. But, in her heart, she sees his point, and shares his hope that the American invasion will bring a better future to the country she's run from. Late in the night, Zalmai wakes up coughing. Tariq goes to comfort him and the boy nuzzles his head into his shoulder. Tariq and Laila's perspectives on the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan contrast two dominant discourses
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