21 November 2008

"History doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes" - Mark Twain

year minus 1.5... the first attacks
year zero... the state orders it's military forces to invade
the invasion/attack is successfully concluded within weeks
year plus 1... guerrilla resistance organizes and intensifies
year plus 3... millions of the native population become refugees
year plus 5... the invader state elects a new leader who proposes troop withdrawals
year plus 8... treaties allow substantial troop withdrawals to begin
year plus 9... the last of the troops are withdrawn
the invaded nation is engulfed by civil war
year plus 10... the invader government collapses into history

thus is the saga of the Soviets in Afghanistan
who did you think i was talking about ?