|Man in a Desert||
The last leader of the Soviet Union has told NATO that "victory is impossible in Afghanistan." Mikhail Gorbachev told the BBC that the alternative to withdrawal from Afghanistan was "another Vietnam."
You would've thought that the US which provides the overwhelming majority of NATO's forces in Afghanistan already knew this. It's not like this is the Americans' first foray into Afghanistan. Back in the 1980s the United States and its allies fought the Soviets by proxy in Afghanistan, supporting local Afghan militias, aka Mujahideen. The Muj, as they were called by the press corps, proceeded to turn the Soviets' life into a living nightmare prompting the eventual withdrawal. The Muj used US Stinger and British Blowpipe missiles as well as Egyptian-made AK-47s (I saw one there in 1995) and an assortment of other bang bang materiel. That the Muj then pointed their guns at each other and turned virtually the whole country into rubble is superfluous. Afghanistan became a forgotten country in the collective conscience of the world. By then it didn't matter as the Soviets had been defeated. As for the unfortunate civilians, well... who cares.
Isn't there somewhere a saying about history repeating itself?
A man on a long journey through a perpetual desert.
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