Holbrooke's Last Words: End Afghanistan War

Veteran diplomat made plea for peace on his way to surgery
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2010 2:40 AM CST
Updated Dec 14, 2010 6:42 AM CST
Holbrooke's Last Words: End Afghanistan War
Richard Holbrooke, 69, was the architect of the 1995 Bosnia peace plan.   (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq, File)

Richard Holbrooke's dying wish was for an end to the war in Afghanistan, family members say. As he was heading into surgery in a Washington hospital, the late American special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan told his Pakistani surgeon, "You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan," relatives tell the Washington Post. The 69-year-old diplomat died of complications from a 21-hour operation to repair a torn aorta. Click for more on Holbrooke.
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