Outside powers are fighting one war as visitors — occupiers — and their erstwhile allies who actually live there, something entirely different. In Afghanistan, it was not good versus evil, as the Americans saw it, but neighbor against neighbor.
When it comes to guerrilla war, Mao once described the relationship that should exist between a people and troops. “The former may be likened to water,” he wrote, “the latter to the fish who inhabit it.”
And when it came to Afghanistan, the Americans were a fish out of water. Just as the Russians had been in the 1980s. Just as the Americans were in Vietnam in the 1960s. And as the French were in Algeria in the 1950s. And the Portuguese during their futile attempts to keep their African colonies in the ’60s and ’70s. And the Israelis during their occupation of southern Lebanon in the ’80s.
Each time the intervening power in all these places announced that the homegrown insurgency had been definitively beaten, or that a corner had been turned, smoldering embers led to new conflagrations.
Consecutive Israeli governments have ensured that Palestinians in Israel are not able t0 bring their spouses from the occupied territories. For average Palestinians, that has meant heartache. Last week, the Israeli parliament voted down an extension to the “Ban on Palestinian family unification law”, a controversial legislation that bars Palestinian citizens of Israel from extending […]
About 50 Indian personnel, including some six diplomats, pulled from consulate, security sources say, as Taliban fighters clash with government troops in their former bastion in southern Afghanistan. An Afghan security personnel stands guard at the site of a car bomb attack in Kandahar on July 6, 2021. (AFP) India has evacuated about 50 diplomats […]
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