The Worlds Hottest Destination

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?

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About michaeldouglasbosc

I am retired and live with my wife on a small olive finca in the middle of a forest in the mountains of Spain in Catalonya. I served 9years in the armed services, am an engineer and because of my love of navy sailing ships a naval historian of the 1700-1800's, plus the author of 10 books. When I retired I started writing adult books my first being A Soldiers Wind. Then came Stanley's story again adult books such was his life. Another book on life in the 1950's this very much an adult book. I have now returned to my love of the sea and my latest navy book 'A Plymouth Story' follows the life of Dr James Blackstock. But Clearing In The Forest is an historical fantasy set in the middle ages at the end of King Johns reign. All the books are published on Kindle and Create a Space in paperback. I have worked all my life and for relaxation I sailed a coastal yacht for many years, but deep inside me was a writer waiting to get out. So when I retired I started writing I find story telling both relaxing and - for me - a pleasure.
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