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23-Jul-06 -

Yesterday a Whabbi suicide bomber killed two more Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan (the Globe and Mail ironically but tellingly headlined the story "Canadian soldiers killed by ‘cowards' ").

Every foreign country who's got involved in Afghanistan, ever, has been kicked out dragging their tails between their legs. Afghanistan, the mother of all meat grinders.

In 1839, the British sent in 4.000 troops to overthrow an existing king and replace him with a puppet - to make Afghanistan a better place - to bring it civilization etc., etc., etc. The Afghans, according to Berwick Coates, author of Wellington's Charge, a portrait of the Duke's England , "... displayed their customary hatred of the foreigner - no matter which cause he was espousing ... the British troops their customary oversexed ignorance of local taboo and custom ...[after two years] the [British] commander ... decided he had no alternative but withdrawal ... the retreat began ... in the grip of a savage Afghan winter, along a harsh route of mountain defiles and passes, crawling with stark Afghan tribesmen with itchy trigger fingers ... discipline broke down ... hostages were taken ... no mercy was shown ... out of the original 4,000 or so, just one man reached safety ..."

The British tried again in 1879. In 1881 the Afghans annihilated the British garrison at Kabul. The British abandoned the venture.

Have a look at Rudyard Kipling's The Man who would be King adapted as a movie directed by John Huston and starring Michael Caine and Sean Connery.

The Soviets tried in 1979. By 1989 the Afghans had thrown out the Soviet expeditionary force. The Afghan war brought on the end of the Soviet Union itself.

What a god-forsaken mission Canada's gotten into.

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