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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Afghanistan Is Sliding In The Wrong Direction



I am repeating here an earlier cartoon and post about Afghanistan from just over a year ago. As the war in Iraq has wound down, at least for the moment, attention is being shifted to the war in Afghanistan which is, by all accounts, going badly. This is another hangover from the G.W. Bush administration which seriously neglected Afghanistan has he started the war in Iraq.
Now President Obama is sending more troops to Afghanistan, possibly the vanguard of a new "surge" in that historically embattled country which has resisted invasions and occupations for centuries.

Afghanistan blog post one year ago

Friday, January 11, 2008
Kipling On Afghanistan...

The United States just announced plans to send 3,000 Marines to bolster our forces in Afghanistan in preparation for an expected spring offensive by the Taliban.
The current situation in Afghanistan is probably not as rosy as many have been inclined to paint it. While it is improving, the construction of roads, schools, hospitals and many of the things needed to help the people of Afghanistan is lagging behind predictions and is falling short of what is required.
If the Karzai government is ever to stand on its own it must deliver on its promises and must get out from the shadow of the United States.
Afghanistan has a long history of defeating invaders. For the U.S. to have a lasting effect we must be seen as friends and not as invaders and occupiers.
When the Russians pulled out of Afghanistan after their disastrous experience there, they lost over 100,000 soldiers and their puppet government fell as soon as they left, a Russian general was asked about the experience. He quoted some verses from Kipling’s A Young British Soldier, and added “…We should have read more Kipling!”

When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
An' go to your Gawd like a soldier.
Go, go, go like a soldier,
Go, go, go like a soldier,
Go, go, go like a soldier,
So-oldier ~of~ the Queen!

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