We need to go as far back as 93 years ago when Afghanistan won its Independence from Great Britain in 1919. It was an historic turn around that echoes to current times. Even then they never wore a military uniform, just a turban and a gun. Beginning in 1838 Britain had fought three wars trying to take control of Afghanistan; wars that left their scars on British politics and popular culture. In the Sherlock Holmes stories, Dr. Watson was a wounded Veteran of the second Afghan War of 1880. Ok, they are really old stories but Robert Downey Jr. is a rich actor again because of that story.
The movie did not end well and neither did the attempts by Britain end well. In the decades that followed Afghan Independence, the country had plenty of its own wars amongst themselves. There was the Soviet invasion of 1979 where the United States backed the Afghans against the Soviets. Then there was the victory of the Islamic Taliban in 1998. Then the American invasion came to oust Alkaida in 2001. It is a battle that goes on till today and who knows how many tomorrows.
Meanwhile , in June 2011,Obama said, “It is time to focus on nation building here at home .” Well, as of now the United States and its NATO allies plan to withdraw most of their troops by 2014. This comes nearly a century after the Afghans celebrated its independence. History on the latest’s intervention is yet to be made. But back in Britain many people still remember the words of the mid 20th Century Prime Minister Harold McMillian. Rule number one in politics he said, Never invade Afghanistan.”
So, who is at fault? Where do we go as a safe haven anymore abroad if our embassies and our diplomats are left unprotected? We should just learn from history that Afghanistan is a tough place and has seen more war and destruction that peace and prosperity. All they have left is their religion and when even a stupid You Tube clip infuriates them they will fight with all their might.