GWYNNE DYER: Afghanistan's recycled wars

This is not the first time that the country has been in such a mess

In Summary

• Americans don’t realise how closely they have recapitulated the Soviet experience in the country.

• The ending that is now unfolding was foreordained from the start, although it has taken twice as long to arrive because the US is much richer than Russia.

In 2000, five years after the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan, nobody elsewhere cared what happened in that land-locked, benighted country.

It was ruled by angry rural fanatics who ...

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