We are obviously missing some vital attraction that draws people to this mainly desert wilderness. Alexander the Great fought all the way from Macedonia to reach it. Genghis Khan Extended his reach from China and Mongolia to arrive at this place, what is so fascinating about Afghanistan. Why do people go there to fight and die, Britain invaded it three times during the RAJ, on the first occasion under Elphinstone, 16,500 people died in the retreat from Kabul only one survivor reached India. Again in 1878-82 3,500 died in various battles, finally in 1919 where 1,751 died mainly from disease, we do not know the number of Afghans killed. Then a period of relative peace descended on to this land.
The Soviet invasion in 1979, supporting the communist regime in Kabul reignited a conflict which was to be long lasting and evil. The suppression was brutal in the extreme, chemical warfare, gas, and every other type of slaughter. The West saw an opportunity to drag Russia into a Vietnam type conflict one with no end, so they trained and supplied the Mujaheddin, teaching them to become a fearless and aggressive force. The Soviets lost 16,500 and 54,000 wounded, the Afghans, probably millions, no one will ever really know the true scale of this conflict. The defeat aided the downfall of the Soviet empire, but it also left a highly trained and well organised anti Christian group in control of Afghanistan, they saw all Christian ie. Western societies as their enemies.
In 2001 the US led invasion of Afghanistan began. It is quite strange because they did almost the same as the British a hundred years before, they defeated the Taliban then withdrew most of their forces allowing the Taliban to reorganise and strike back.
We come now to the present day where a NATO led occupation is fighting to maintain a government of its liking in Kabul. The loses’ in the war for Nato 2,366, Afghan 9,000, Contractors 1,800, wounded and injured 60,000, and the Taliban probably 40,000 dead, you can only guess at the wounded.
What is it that brings people to this country to fight and die? Surely it is time to stop this senseless slaughter, haven’t enough people died? or will this be the continuing battlefield between Christians and Muslims?