Friday, 7 April 2017

Sonali Kolhatkar: Afghanistan War: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Sonali Kolhatkar: Afghanistan War: Out of Sight, Out of Mind - Sonali Kolhatkar - Truthdig: 

As The New York Times pointed out, “This year, America’s war in Afghanistan will pass a grim milestone as it surpasses the Civil War in duration, as measured against the final withdrawal of Union forces from the South.” But it’s worse than that. Going by the official start of the Vietnam War as being in the 1960s, the Afghanistan conflict has continued for even longer than the war in Vietnam did. While some argue that the Vietnam conflict began a decade earlier, the same case could be made for Afghanistan, where, starting in the 1970s and through the mid-1990s, the U.S. poured weapons and money into the arms of proxy soldiers to fight the Soviet occupation.

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