- 05 Jul 2021 18:53
Honestly Potemkin, nobody is every going to subjugate Afghanistan no matter how powerful they are. History has many lessons of this and our political leaders and military leaders (maybe not some of our military leaders but most of them were aware that trying to subjugate Afghanistan was a foolhardy proposition) were quite aware of Afghanistan's history prior to ordering a troop surge into Afghanistan. When I was over there, myself and the guys in my unit knew full well history was not on our side, but we were soldiers required to do as we were told and we carried out our lawful orders as any good soldiers do.
The lessons I learned in history about Afghanistan certainly held true when I was there. I guess that's why it's important to study history. It certainly helped me to better survive as a soldier over there plus I studied some of the people of the region prior to my deployment to know what to expect and how to act when dealing with Afghans. That being said, when we were attacked we won our battles. So we fought well. But winning battles doesn't guarantee you will subjugate anybody or win any wars. The best the US can do is keep the terrorist threat at bay.
It might require the occasional air or missile strikes or send in special forces troops, but completely occupying Afghanistan in the event of new terrorist threats that come out of Afghanistan is not a smart thing. Obviously, the use of nuclear weapons is completely out of the question as well as that just isn't going to make the situation better and would make it worse in my opinion given the consequences of using such weapons.
Aside from all that Alexander the Great who once occupied Afghanistan left a statue that a Soviet Afghan War veteran took when he was there in the 1980s. On the statue (and I think the Taliban destroyed this statue) it stated "Anybody may occupy Afghanistan but ye shall never vanquish it." And so we see, that truth that Alexander the Great wrote thousands of years about Afghanistan still holds today.
"Just do one thing or the other, don’t try to be two people at once." -Arthur from Red Dead Redemption 2