Edited by Gerald Boerner
We examine today an event in 1979, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, that still has relevance to us today with our “War on Terror”. Our excursion into this country on the historical “Silk Road” will be carried beyond the nine years of the Soviet invasion.
It would seem to lend credence to that old saying, “Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” But wait, weren’t we their supporting the opposition groups during the soviet invasion. And wasn’t our current Secretary of Defense in the CIA at that time? We should have known the pitfalls. We, like the Soviets, have good men on the field of battle along with the most sophisticated armaments and technical aids.
But computers don’t help much fight an enemy that blends with the native population and fights a low-tech war. It would do us well to start discovering the facts from this posting and then go to the source documents for a fuller presentation on these data. We should use this opportunity to become better informed and understand what our country stands for.
So, let’s get this exploration started… GLB
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Quotations Related to AFGHANISTAN
“Afghanistan is a land-locked country.”
— Lakhdar Brahimi
“But also, there are no films being made about Afghanistan.”
— Mohsen Makhmalbaf
“Ataturk sent several Turkish staff officers to Afghanistan, helped them build their own army.”
— Bulent Ecevit