On this day…in 1842

On January 13, 1842, a British army doctor reaches the British sentry post at Jalalabad, Afghanistan, the lone survivor of a 16,000-strong Anglo-Indian expeditionary force that was massacred in its retreat from Kabul. He told of a terrible massacre in the Khyber Pass, in which the Afghans gave the defeated Anglo-Indian force and their camp … [Read the full story]

Poppy fields don’t need eradicating…but something does…

There’s some good news in Afghanistan. The opium poppy production was halved last year. This was because of a crop disease…NOTHING to do with what the troops were doing. I’ve always thought the American obsession with eradicating poppy crops was pointless. Why deny the locals with their best chance of beating starvation? It’s one war that … [Read the full story]

Dope smoking Dutch soldiers ignore orders to help Aussies

While investigating the history of Afghanistan, I discovered the problems other great powers had in trying to defeat these wild hill tribesmen. From Alexander the Great to Genghis Khan, and the military powers of the British Empire and the vast strength of mother Russia, and of course lately the USA. All of them defeated Afghans … [Read the full story]