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The US-led war in Afghanistan looks to be ending, and not a day too soon. America’s father, Benjamin Franklin, wisely wrote: ‘No good war; no bad peace.’

Yet for 20 years, the United States waged all-out war against this small, remote, impoverished state whose only weapons were old AK47 rifles and the boundless courage of its fierce people.

In my first book about Afghanistan, ‘War at the Top of the World,’ written after being in the field with the anti-Soviet ‘mujahidin’ warriors, I called them ‘the bravest men on earth.’ Now, some 21 years later, I repeat this title.

For the past two decades, the Afghan nationalist mujahidin have faced the full might of the US empire: waves of B-1 and B-52 heavy bombers; fleets of killer drones, constant air strikes from US airbases in Afghanistan, Central Asia and the Gulf; 300,000 US-financed Afghan mercenary troops; up to 120,000 US and NATO troops and other US-paid mercenaries; the brutal Communist-run Afghan secret police, regular government police, Tajik, Hazara and Uzbek militias, hit squads sent by the US and Britain, plus famine and disease. Use of torture by western forces was rampant.

All this to defend the US-installed Afghan puppet governments whose main business was protecting the nation’s growing opium trade which made Afghanistan the world’s largest exporter of opium/morphine that was processed into heroin. Another proud moment for Washington which, in the 1970’s had been up to its ears in Indochina’s opium trade, and later in Central America’s cocaine business.

Afghanistan was a war of lies, sustained by the powerful US and British media. President George W. Bush, a man of deep ignorance, launched this war to cover being caught sleeping by the 9/11 attacks. Bush blamed Osama bin Laden, former US ally, and Afghanistan’s Taliban government for 9/11, though the Afghans were likely not involved with it.

The only proof of bin Laden’s involvement was a number of fake videos that I believe were made by Afghanistan’s Communist-run intelligence service or its former KGB bosses. When I pointed out these videos were fakes, CNN blacklisted me from further broadcasting. So too did Canada’s CBC TV and the Sun chain after I warned Canadian troops were being sent to Afghanistan under false pretenses.

Officially, the US lost 31,376 dead and seriously wounded in Afghanistan; Canada lost 158 dead; Britain 456 dead; the Afghans god knows how many. Estimates range from, 100,000 to one million. Two million Afghans reportedly died during the decade-long Soviet occupation. Almost anything that moved was bombed.

The known cost for this useless war was 2 trillion US dollars, plus hundreds of millions in secret payments to hire ‘volunteers’ from US allies to fight in Afghanistan. This was almost all borrowed money hidden in the US federal debt.

ORDER IT NOW

What next? The US is trying to find a way to stay engaged in Afghanistan via air attacks from its bases in the Gulf and possibly new ones in Central Asia. The world’s premier military power simply cannot endure the humiliation of defeat in Afghanistan, particularly so by a bunch of Muslim mountain warriors. All those US and British ‘experts’ who championed the Afghan war are now hiding their faces, as they did after the Iraq debacle.

America’s war party is trying to find ways to keep the conflict going by raising phony alarms about girl’s schooling, translators and woman’s rights. But we hear nothing at all from these pro-war hypocrites about the murder, rape and dowry killing of thousands of women in India each year. How many misinformed Americans know that Taliban was a religious movement formed to stop the rape of Afghan women and brigandage during the bitter 1990’s civil war? I was there and saw it.

What next? As US power wanes, CIA will try to bolster separatist movements among Afghanistan’s Tajik and Uzbek minorities. Iran will arm and finance the Shia Hazara minority. Still Communist dominated Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will support their ethnic brethren in Afghanistan. Most important, India will intensify intrigues in Afghanistan where its powerful intelligence agency, RAW, is increasingly active.

Meanwhile Pakistan quietly supports Taliban which, like a quarter of Pakistanis, is of Pashtun ethnicity. China for once does not know what to do in Afghanistan: it wants to block expansion of Indian influence in the subcontinent but deeply fears militant Islam and its rising influence in Chinese-ruled Xinjiang, formerly Turkistan.

So, Americans may have not seen the last of Afghanistan, one of the greatest follies of US foreign policy. To paraphrase the great Talleyrand, the US war in Afghanistan ‘was worse than a crime, it was a mistake.’

Copyright Eric S. Margolis 2021

Dedicated to my dear friend and warrior for the truth, Countess Pamela de Maigret, passed away on July 12, 2021.

 
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  1. I was gonna say something nasty because I don’t agree with the author entirely, BUT he’s been there; I was not. He may have a point. Andre Vlechek (sp?) would disagree about the Soviet intervention, but alas, he is deceased.

    Anyway, Mr. Margolis, I salute your bravery for going there, and my stupid little opinion accounts for nothing.

    Let us all hope for all involved that the Afghanis can sort this out amongst themselves and that Americans get their asses handed to them as they so richly deserve. Speaking (typing) as an American.

    This whole thing has been disgusting.

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  2. Renoman says:

    Everything America does is about money, they are getting out because fentanyl has made heroine obsolete on the street so the cash is drying up. Simple.

  3. The world’s premier military power simply cannot endure the humiliation of defeat in Afghanistan

    My question is this: America and their gang seem to be in Afghanistan for two main reasons:
    1) An oil pipeline passage for the oil companies.
    2) Opium for the Pharmafia industry as represented by J&J, Perdue etc.
    Is Mr. Margolis insinuating that Big Oil and Big Pharma constitute “The world’s premier military power”?
    About time someone did…
    Especially since most of the toxic dreck the pharmafias insist on dousing us with, is oil based.

    • Replies: @turtle
  4. turtle says:
    @paranoid goy

    1) An oil pipeline passage for the oil companies.

    No secret here.
    Research the Congressional Record from the mid 1990s. Hearings conducted by Rep. Dan Rohrabacher, involving oil industry representatives from UNOCAL.

    Oil from the Caspian Basin has to get to market, one way or another, and Afghanistan is an obvious route, provided the pipeline can be a) built and b) secured from possible attack.

    Heroin?
    Well, let’s see…cocaine from South America, opiates from Asia. Funding for black budget has to come from somewhere.

  5. Malla says:

    Graveyard of Empires

    This graveyard of Empire thingy is hype. Afghanistan may have been a graveyard for the USSR but not for the British Empire as many believe. The Brits were quite successful against the Afghans, it was the massacre of one retreating party which made up this myth. And the Brits went up to Kabul and took revenge for that massacre.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  6. Escher says:

    America’s war party is trying to find ways to keep the conflict going by raising phony alarms about girl’s schooling, translators and woman’s rights. But we hear nothing at all from these pro-war hypocrites about the murder, rape and dowry killing of thousands of women in India each year.

    LOL 2 benighted places, but methinks Mr. Margolis is biased by his “exploits” in the Hindu Kush. The mistreatment of women, killings etc are official policy of the Taliban, unlike in India.

    • Replies: @Malla
  7. Malla says:
    @Escher

    Agree, this Margolis is a crackpot. Sure there are many problems in India regarding women, but the mainstream Western media has brought this up many times. For example the movie India’s Daughter.
    But as you said, officially the constitution of India gives the same rights to women unlike the Taliban and anybody making such a comparison would end up looking like a fool. Fool like this Margolis.

    India has female airforce pilots and there are women in the Indian Army for God’s sake.

    • Troll: Tor597
    • Replies: @RealAmerican
  8. @Malla

    Seriously mate, are you trying to show that all is well in India when by official Indian data, nearly half the population, or six hundred million Indians live in shitty huts and defecate in the streets. And adding insult to injury, their brethren, the ruling elites, don’t give a damn. That is the true face of India, not the three young faces you present.

    • Agree: GomezAdddams, Tor597
    • Replies: @Malla
  9. Malla says:
    @RealAmerican

    Mate, I never claimed all is well. I am talking about legality. Taliban cannot be compared to India where legally in the Constitution, women have equal rights. The Indian masses in the rural areas are backward, no denying that. The Taliban legally does not give equal rights to women in the Western sense. India has a Western style Democracy with lots of provisions of Freedom of Speech etc… but the masses are backward and are only getting “enlightened” slowly with time. That is because we looked to the British and their system and considered it the best suited for us. The Chinese Communists call us lackeys for this decision of ours but we did what we thought was best for us. Chicoms do not understand other nations well anyways. All of India’s freedom fighters were Western (in many cases England educated) educated Indians.


    In this movie/web series called Samvidhan or Constitutions, we see Indians debating in Hindi and English about freedom of expression and human rights etc… based on historical facts. India in its LAWS cannot be compared to the Taliban. It is just that a good chuck of the population is backward and medieval feudal like the Taliban but not as violent like the Taliban. Had the idiotic 1857 mutiny had not taken place, the British would have had more confidence to interfere in Indian affairs and modernize India a lot more. The best way to correctly modernise a backward feudal or tribal society is being part of an European ( incl Russian or pre-WW2 American or Japanese) Empire. The process is slower than Communism but it does a far better intelligent job because many of these Empires were mostly led by civilized and intelligent men. Communism does a thuggish haphazard job of modernization but does it fast because Commies can use brutal force away from the eyes of the World in their closed nations and with support from leftist global media. But the British Empire did not last long enough and after the mutiny they reduced their interference in Indian society to the detriment of India, something which idiotic Indians do not realize. So the modernisation process was slow and after Independence it continued in a slow pace none the less as feudal forces started highjacking the democratic system. But it continued. But now with Hindutva, certain primitive elements within that movement will take us back to feudal brahmanical age a movement supported by many idiotic educated Indian women. Just like idiotic leftist Western women who hate the West, a civilization which was far more female friendly than any other Civilization. Just like those idiotic modern Iranian women supporting the Ayatollah in the last day’s of the Shah’s rule.

    Margolis claims that Western media never talks about problems faced by Indian women and only the Taliban. Which is untrue.
    There was a famous documentary on rapes in India called India’s Daughter.The famous Nirbhaya gang rape incident. Indian nationalists hated this documentary but Indian nationalists cannot take any criticism of India anyways, not that different from the Chinese in this website.


    Film maker Leslee Udwin gives a speech about this documentary in TED talks, India
    Margolis is obviously bull-shiting.

    • Disagree: GomezAdddams
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  10. “India’s ugly caste system will keep this big population in a “shit hole condition” until the Dalai Lama spends his gold —————a big Democracy —run by idiots–Modi has the intelligence of a chimpanzee and as for the upper caste—-they have been the parasites of the peasants and lived in luxury—Big Revolution is needed —to clean up and execute this 1% elite scum” and Joe Stalin knows what his says is true but was questioned entering Moscow ” You are who–Joseph Stalin—he has been dead since 1954 —are you some prankster ??” However Joe states the truth –the Indian lower classes have suffered while the elite have made out like bandits.

  11. Tor597 says:
    @Malla

    As is typical with Indians, you are being argumentative and not making any real points.

    India is THE worst place in the world for women to be in. No one is going to confuse the Taliban for feminists, but they are still world’s better than India.

    • Replies: @Malla
  12. Malla says:
    @Tor597

    As is typical with Indians, you are being argumentative and not making any real points.

    You are obviously an idiot. Pour some water on your head and read the whole thing again from post number 6.

    India is THE worst place in the world for women to be in.

    There are problems in India against women (rapes, dowry demands etc..), but India is far from the worse place in the world for women to be in. Pure bullshit. Far better to be a woman in India than many Islamic countries where women have to live in curtains or some African countries where young girls are raped to get rid of HIV. In divorces in between men and women, courts normally take the side of women. Record number of women work in software, many Indian women are CEOs of companies.

    These are some typical Indian women from Mumbai, do they look oppressed?

    Would this be possible under Taliban rule?

    • Replies: @Tor597
  13. Tor597 says:
    @Malla

    In India, women’s rights are only extended towards upper caste women. If you aren’t upper caste then it is absolutely worse for you than most African and ME countries.

    Keep sharing tic tocs or YT videos of Indian women lol. The Taliban might not allow that, but they are not allowing mass rape like India is.

    • Replies: @Malla
    , @Malla
  14. Malla says:
    @Tor597

    In India, women’s rights are only extended towards upper caste women. If you aren’t upper caste then it is absolutely worse for you than most African and ME countries.

    Not true, there are many lower caste women who get higher education as well as work in industry. Lower caste people get affirmative action reserved seats in Universities including Engineering as well as reserved Government Jobs and many of that goes to lower caste women.

    mass rape like India is.

    What rubbish, only a low IQ monkey would compare the Taliban to India. I cannot believe the stupidity of some crackpots who write here.

    Are you Chinese BTW? Only this can explain such psycho hostility to India.

  15. Malla says:
    @Tor597

    India is so bad that Afghan women living in India are full of praise for India. LOL

    India Is The Best Place For Any Girl | Afghani Girl Heart Melting Story (Hindi)

    She actually says in India that she has come to India for education as in Afghanistan it is very difficult for women to get one because of Islamic fundamentalists.

    Life Afghani Beautiful Girls In Indian | Heart Touching Story | TNN WORLD

    LOL all of you Islamists, Chinese Wumao and Marxists are so full of hate for India that you guys can make idiotic statements. Because India does not follow your gameplan and destroys your childish idiotic worldviews. In many ways all of you guys Islamists and Marxists are not AT ALL ANY different IN ANY WAYS from Hindutva Nationalists in your illogical thinking and Chinese Wumao Nationalists are not AT ALL ANY different IN ANY WAYS from Indian BJP IT Cell hyper nationalists. All of you guys are a bunch of fools, all of you guys deserve each other.

  16. Tor597 says:

    I’m not Chinese, and your poorly done Indian propaganda does not impress me.

    Nor do some token lower caste women getting an education.

    You have your anecdotal Indian propaganda videos, here is one that shows how brutal and primitive India is to women.

    https://newsus.cgtn.com/news/2021-07-07/Videos-of-tribe-women-being-beaten-by-their-families-go-viral-in-India-11GUxhZBeKs/index.html

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Malla
  17. The graveyard is the destination of all empires. Yet modern powers do not heed the warnings of history. America’s biggest mistake will be its hegemonic struggle with China (and Russia). The Cold War should have taught everyone that humanity can no longer fight world wars.
    https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

  18. KA says:

    Afghanistan war was not legally and technically authorized by UN . It was a war based on racism , anger, revenge ,and conducted by confusion, hubris , ignorance, sense of certainty , entitlement, and changing of goalposts.

    Effect on the country’s climate, infrastructure , architecture, school , trade , jobs , and ecological landscape are obvious . But effect on Taliban is dramatically positive . It knows how to negotiate with culturally diverse people . It knows how to make transition to new leadership without disintegrating . It has sustained more cohesion than the Afghan government and Western consensus . It now knows how to bring the ethnic faction and groups together. It’s language is moderate and future -directed .

    Vietnam was supported by soviet block and partially by surrounding countries and by NAM – morally , financially, and militarily.

    Taliban was supported by indigenous people on both sides of Durand .

    Did Taliban win in destroying America ? America still stands with its roads , schools , buildings, agricultural fields , nuclear silos , mega churches , industries and entertainment outlets .
    But something else has been creeping into for last 12 year .
    The nation could not handle 911, could not introspect.
    Obama’s election was also a major shock to white . Both 911 and Obama ‘s win left them vulnerable to their worst instincts and they acted on it . After that more shocks and extreme inability to process or introspection from economic crisis to Covid .

    Ensuing turmoil from these events was effectively used by military , intelligence , banks, culture warrior, corporations and by media for self -serving destructive goals and personal enrichments .

    The race riot , loss of dignity at airport , train station , government buildings , economic inequality, lowering of educational standard , paranoia , mass killings , rise of vulgar languages in politics and civilian and military suicides are reflection of the war brought home to roost . GOP as a party is possibly gone but it will wreck more damages until it disintegrates, America is following GOP cookbook .
    This America is morally defeated , it is conflicted , poorer , and angrier . It has historical adversaries from Latin / Central America to Eurasia and Africa . They have started exacting toll on it ,
    10 Sept 2001 was the last day of the empire for its people and possibly for Western European.

    Taliban nor America was anticipating this 21 st century .

    Can Afghanistan despite Taliban ‘s crude attitude to women and non Muslim survive and prosper ?
    Absolutely. It is not desirable but it can .
    Other countries have . Economic changes will bring changes in attitude . That’s the way it works .

    Can India’s RSS -BJP survive this change ? It will be forced to undergo major adjustments,
    Can Pakistan ? Pakistan’s integrity and evolution to less religiously fanatical and less ethnically driven are prerequisite for success of Taliban and success of Russia and China as challenger to otherwise decaying USA .
    India’s integrity is not required for this .India’s integrity is in the interest of America but it’s not assured that Anerica can help or RSS -BJP can change . Modi ‘s loss might prove to BJP what Indira – Rajiv ‘s loss meant to Congress . This will galvanize dormant and divisive ethnic , linguistic and even religious forces within India .India as civilization for last 300 has always been tethered to overarching powerful exploitative external civilization . Later goes , so goes India .

    Afghanistan can prove to be historically more visible sign pointing to graveyard of the Washington consensus , of Chicago School of Economy , of 300 years of western hegemony .
    The worst destruction that can happen to a nation has been already wrought inside within its fabric .
    .

  19. Anon[323] • Disclaimer says:
    @Tor597

    Culturally India is quite regressive and it fights to keep the that way of business the unchanged and
    eternal . Laws try to mitigate but laws are practiced by the same class who doesn’t or can’t rise beyond the constrains imposed by the culture , practices ,and belief .
    Populism always wins in deciding whether to obey or disregard the laws .
    This is has been obvious in last 30 years of communal violence instigated Muslims where this cultural and religious consensus on disregarding the values , laws , on ignoring the ideas like freedom of movement,practice of faith or choosing life partner , or communal efforts of endangering the lives of the vulnerable are routinely promoted .

    A stable just honest and forward looking culture often works in other countries from allowing the majority ‘s assault on minority or from allowing the vocal assertive criminals get away with illegal activities .
    Not in India . People are dependent on state laws but those are flouted . The poor and indigent segments depend on the local resistance mounted by the local groups . Unfortunately, state otherwise absent then enters the picture but to take partisan sides .

    This is the chronic state of affairs .

    Elite in India simply don’t allow them to be diverted or distracted from these common occurring or even be accused by the west .They manage it by working for the interests of the west
    . Any real patriotism or nationalism will earn them the wrath and ignominy from the western media .
    Only then India will be accused of crimes against the woman , children and against the alienated or disengaged or disenfranchised groups .

    • Replies: @Malla
    , @Malla
  20. Malla says:
    @Tor597

    You have your anecdotal Indian propaganda videos, here is one that shows how brutal and primitive India is to women.

    They are not propaganda videos, you stupid idiot. they are Afghans living in India. That media house is not Government influenced in any ways. You really seem like a dullard. Read through all my the posts. We are talking about legality, only an idiot will compare the Taliban with India in that sense, legally Indian Constitution is more in line with modern lines as it gives equal rights to women of all castes. The fact that the rural areas are backward and honour based does not change the legal official view of Indian State. The Taliban is more anti-women from a modern point of view but in line from an Islamic point of view because from the Islamic point of view, the rights they give to women are good enough.

  21. Malla says:
    @Anon

    Culturally India is quite regressive and it fights to keep the that way of business the unchanged and
    eternal

    This is the dumbest bullshit I have ever heard, Modern India has seen improvements in education and women’s rights.

    .They manage it by working for the interests of the west
    . Any real patriotism or nationalism will earn them the wrath and ignominy from the western media .

    Here comes a stupid monkey who farts areound without understanding anything. Real patritoism in India is Hindutva and always will be Hindutva. Just like democracy in Egypt led to a Morsi which the Zionists and Western democracies could not stand. Similarly Nationalism and self pride in India naturally leads to a Modi which Muslims and Commies cannot stand.

    Working for the West? What a low IQ monkey? India since independence was a staunch Soviet ally. It was our enemy Pakistan who were a staunch American ally, even kissing American hand. So much so the USA was ready to invade India when India was going to take action for Bangladeshi independence Struggle, Shantibahini. The Americans supported the Muslim fundamentalist Pakistani dictators brutality on East Pakistani Bengalis, rape and genocide of Bengalis. Even Chian did. India liberated East Pakistan from brutal West Pakistani rule with Soviet help. Even the Chinese were moving troops to the Indian border. The USSR threatened China in its northern boundary if it took any action against India and also sent a nuclear submarine fleet to the Bay of Bengal to counter the American fleet.
    China, Murica and Pakistan were homo lovers, lovim each other and India a staunch ally of the USSR.
    Indian elites have been extremely pro-Soviet and anti-West. Only recently due to China and growing economic relations with the USA did India take a pro-American bent. Even then there are many anti-American-alliance forces in the Indian Government like the old guard of the NAM (Non alliance Movement) bureaucrats. During the recent Crimean crisis, India supported Russia.

    • Thanks: Miro23
  22. Malla says:
    @Anon

    This is has been obvious in last 30 years of communal violence instigated Muslims where this cultural and religious consensus on disregarding the values , laws , on ignoring the ideas like freedom of movement,practice of faith or choosing life partner , or communal efforts of endangering the lives of the vulnerable are routinely promoted .

    OOOoo evul hindus and poor Muslims. now let me start by saying that I have always been a big opponent of the Hinduvadi crackpots. But those Hinduvadi BJP IT cell crackpots are no different in mentality with many Chinese Wumaos here [ddan, Deep throat but Lin is not in that catgory] or Muslim crackpots here like KA [but Talha is not in that category] or Commies like FB/ gatofart here.
    I oppose the bullshit being done to our minorities by hinduvadi thaggards but maybe someone should take their gaze on our Muslim neighbours about how they are treat their minorities.


    Hindu Minority facing Discrimination in Pakistan


    Another Christian Nurse gangraped in Pakistan by Muslims


    Shia Muslim Killed in Pakistan over Blasphemy by Sunnis

    And Pakistan is a a far more unequal society than India (which is unequal too) where feudal lord families own a lot a major chunk of the wealth. They never had the kind of land redistribution that India had under Vinobha Bhave’s Bhoodan movement. Pakistan is basically modern version of Mughal India, where in those days in the past, 70% of the population’s wealth was squeezed and owned by just 650 – 700 elite aristocratic families.

    • Replies: @anon
  23. anon[812] • Disclaimer says:
    @Malla

    You are a not only a moron but also dumb idiot . Your facts cum fiction with ample dose of stupid imagination will work well in the next election campaign for Hinduvatta .Hinduvatta loves this kind of explanation.

    • Replies: @Malla
  24. anon[812] • Disclaimer says:
    @Pissedoffalese

    Anglo-Afghan Wars, also called Afghan Wars, three conflicts (1839–42; 1878–80; 1919)

    ://www.britannica.com/event/Anglo-Afghan-Wars

    Britain tried hard and even installed a king (who in next war was killed ) . Britain’s repeated attempt was futile and gains we’re short-lived and it never was successful in changing Afghani foreign polices

    A peace treaty recognizing the independence of Afghanistan was signed at Rawalpindi (now in Pakistan) on August 8, 1919,

    Britain lost a lot of people but it never stopped trying and gave up eventually in 1919 around when Afghan spitting on the face of Britain recognized Bolshevik government that special relationship lasted until 1979.

    From 1919 until 1979 .It did not fight a war ,did not have any problem with India or Iran or China or Pakistan . Afghanistan can again become a “hippie place “that it was in 1960 with women arranging music festivals and local arts festivals even in Kandahar .

    Decade of 1919 was the beginning of the end of British empire . That thought can be a superstitiously chilling emotion for US military forcing it towards more stupid actions . Soviet just left with wounds haunting it back home .

    • Replies: @Malla
  25. Malla says:
    @anon

    Why? Because Muslims can criticize the lowly idol worshiping Hindus but the lowly Hindu monkeys cannot criticize the superior Muslims in return? Just like in those old days, when lowly weak Hindus had to bow down to their superior Muslim overlords? Bitch, the world has changed.


    Another Hindu Temple Vandalised in Pakistan


    A Christian Nurse Stabbed Over Blasphemy in Pakistan

  26. Malla says:
    @anon

    Britain’s repeated attempt was futile and gains we’re short-lived and it never was successful in changing Afghani foreign polices

    What a bunch of chest thumping rubbish. Afghanistan was no graveyard for the British Empire. The grave yard of the British Empire was its stooopid wars with Germany in two World Wars and Japan in one World War, many a times under Jewish direction.

    Lieutenant General Tariq Khan, HI(M) was a Pakistan Army General officer who was the Commander of I Strike Corps at Mangla. A Pakistani war hero, he led the Frontier Corps to victory against Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan in the Battle of Bajaur in 2009. Highly informative discussion.

    Gen. Tariq Khan busts the myth of Afghan invincibility as well as the Myth of “Graveyard of Empire” meme floating around by pointing out how both the Sikh Empire under Maharaja Ranjit Singh and the British Empire had repeatedly defeated and humbled the rulers of Kabul when it made Afghanistan a frontier buffer state against the expanding Tzarist Russian Empire up North to protect India.
    At 15:15 minutes he disputes this Graveyard of Empire myth. (At 16:18 minutes) he says that when we speak about the British Empire, the British went into Afghanistan because they wanted to use Afghanistan as a buffer State against the Russian Empire, which was the Great Game. They went there to put their own guy Shah Shuja on the throne as the rival Dost Mohammed was Tzarist Russia’s proxy. And they succeeded in putting Shah Shuja on the throne in 1839 and they stayed ther till 1842. Their Army was destroyed and routed during a withdrawal, suddenly attacked by Akbar Khan near Khyber Pass and Jallabad. But it only led to the British Imperial retribution under Frederick Roberts who went up to Kabul and they never left a tree standing, the British took their revenge. That was followed by the second Anglo Afghan War, where the British went in and had the treaty of gandamak where the British gained a lot of territory from the Afghans. In the Third Afghan war, the Afghans (allied, funded and armed by the Kaiserite Germans, Austri-Hungarians and the Ottomans) attacked British India territory during the WW1. The tactical victory was a British victory and strategic victory was a Afghan victory, as the Afghans could now have their own official foreign policy. Till 1926, Afghanistan was a British protectorate.
    At 18:17 minutes, he talks about the Sikh Empire under Emperor Ranjit Singh taking territory from the Afghans too. Later when the British conquered the Sikh Empire, Abdur Rehman, the Emir of Afghanistan wanted the borders recognized with the British Empire at its borders. So he wrote a letter to Lord Dufferin.It was an Afghan initiative to have a British commission to come down and mark out the territory boundaries which gives us the Durand Line in between Pakistan and Afghanistan today. Abdur Rehman, Emir of Afghanistan wrote a letter to Lord Dufferin who instructed Viceroy of India Lord Lansdowne to go ahead with it. Mortimer Durand who was head of the British border commission went to Kabul unarmed, without any weapon!!!

    • Replies: @Anon
  27. Anon[323] • Disclaimer says:
    @Malla

    Real moron you are . An incorrigible moron.

    Hey moron , why did Britain mount ground attack 3 times against that country ?
    Moron has dyslexia , can’t read the article cited .

    Was UK attacking itself in between ? I see moron has read a letter from somebody to someone .

    • Replies: @Malla
  28. Alistair says:

    The US Military Industrial Complex along with their European counterpart have certainly achieved their objectives; they’ve got their costly wars of attrition for the last 20 years, with the blessing of GOP dominated Congress whom gave them “Trillion of New Dollars”- only to be wasted in Afghanistan and Iraq, while putting our civil liberty on hold at home with the Patriot Act under false pretenses of the “Global War on Terror”.
    The US Military Industrial Complex certainly succeeded because “the War itself” was their main Objective.

  29. Malla says:
    @Anon

    Whom re you calling moron, you stupid buffoon? Lieutenant General Tariq Khan? Watch the video, they are not mine but the opinion of Lieutenant General Tariq Khan, HI(M) was a Pakistan Army. A war hero who led his forces and destroyed the TTP. He is from the North West Frontier himself, most probably of Pathan ancestry.

    You can masturbate you your fantasies on the internet but a Lieutenant General in the Pakistani Army who fought on the ground with his soldiers, a war hero and being of such high rank, well versed in military history.

    It is Lieutenant General Tariq Khan who says that the British normally defeated the Afghans easily. What you do not know is that the Indian Army, Pakistani Army and the Bangladeshi Army are descended from the British Indian Army and many original records are kept in archives of our military colleges. And most records regarding the frontier provinces are in Pakistani military academies. it is on those basis that he speaks.

    The British only wanted Afghanistan as a frontier state of the British Empire against the growing Russian Empire. That is it. They never had any intention to bring it within the British Empire directly as this would move the borders of the British Empire right next to the Russian Empire and thus the risk of major confrontation in between both the Empires.
    In the third Afghan war, it were the Afghans (funded and helped by the Axis powers, Kaiserite German Empire, Ottoman Empire and Austro-Hungarian Empire) who attacked British Empire territory and were routed.

    What you do not know is that In 1801, from his capital in St Petersburg, Tsar Paul I sent Napoleon Bonaparte a secret proposition: a joint invasion of India to drive out the English East India Company once and for all via Central Asia. The proposal had in mind a Russian Cossack force of 35,000 together with a similar-sized French army some help from the Turcomans of Central Asia. They would meet the French south of the Caspian Sea, and then cross through Persia and Afghanistan, to be at the gates of India. However Napoleon was just been defeated and forced to withdraw from Egypt by Britain, and was weaker to act in time for this proposal.
    Not to be discouraged, the Tsar even without French support, ordered his loyal Cossacks to launch the invasion; The Cossack cavalry, renowned for their hardiness and ruthlessness, started out from the frontier town of Orenburg and headed south for Khiva, some 900 miles away across the Kazak Steppe. Only a month out and less than halfway to Khiva, Tsar Paul was died and the mission recalled. This along with the natural conquests of the Russian Empire in Central Asia as well as the Russian hunger for warm water ports, always caused an alarm for Calcutta as well as London for of a Russian invasion of British India from the North. Afghanistan was thus to be a frontier state under British protection. There was a lot of political clashes in Afghanistan in between pro-British and pro-Russian powers, both Empires had their people there. That is why the British put a lot of frontier troops at the North West frontier with Afghanistan. Both British and Indian troops, mostly Scottish and Gurkhas were preferred as they were both mountain people and good with mountain conditions but there were many Sikh and English regiments too. The British Imperial troops guarded the frontier, just like Roman legions guarded the frontiers of the Roman Empire. Not only the Afghans have a history of invading India for loot and plunder, there was always the bigger threat of the Russian Tzarist Empire.

  30. @Malla

    ‘This graveyard of Empire thingy is hype. Afghanistan may have been a graveyard for the USSR but not for the British Empire as many believe. The Brits were quite successful against the Afghans, it was the massacre of one retreating party which made up this myth. And the Brits went up to Kabul and took revenge for that massacre.’

    About half right. The British went there not once, but twice, and both times they were frustrated.

    They learned, and settled for a militarized frontier, on one side of which was India, at peace, and on the other side of which was Afghanistan, where the Afghans could do as they wished.

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