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To: IbJensen
In the light of my recollection about Bob Wehrer and the Afghan mission team in #22, I can't help thinking that there has always been a potential for simple friendship in the Afghan people---and also a fierce and absolute resistance to invasion.

Remember that famous picture of the Afghan girl on the cover of National Geographic a couple of years back?

Look at those eyes.

Afghans have kicked the hinderparts of every proud superpower that's ever tried to enter and occupy them: from Alexander the Great down to the British Empire (whom they routed in disgrace), the USSR (whom they mangled and bankrupted), and now the USA.

I don't want to nuke them.

No, by God, I do not.

I do agree we should get the hell out.

28 posted on 10/11/2011 11:51:50 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("This is like deja vu all over again." - Yogi Berra)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Actually, the notion of Afghanistan as a “Graveyard of Empires” is a myth. Afghanistan used to be part of various empires down through the centuries, it only became independent a few hundred or so years ago under the Persian adventurer Durrani. No conquerer had it easy, granted, but Afghans aren’t invincible supermen. Also, I think that the British wanted Afghanistan to serve as a buffer, rather than a colonial possession.


32 posted on 10/11/2011 5:53:47 PM PDT by Jacob Kell (Osama/Obama the only difference is BS.)
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