February 16, 2009
Who would have thought in 1979 or 1989 that in 2009 Russian officials would be warning that US and NATO-led forces are exactly repeating the same mistakes made by the Soviet Union when it invaded Afghanistan in 1979?
The post of 28 January asked: How long will it take Obama before he plans the dignified evacuation of American troops from Afghanistan?
But the signs are that President Obama intends to pour 30 000 more troops into the country, with little hope of winning the war (Who’s the enemy?) and none of winning the peace.
The nine-year intervention cost the lives of 15 000 Soviet soldiers and 1 000 000 civilians.
The best that can be said about the US/NATO invasion (in its ninth year) is that deaths are counted only in hundreds for soldiers and thousands for civilians.Author : Stanley Crossick