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Afghanistan.  The Graveyard of Empires. by poasterchild Afghanistan.  The Graveyard of Empires. by poasterchild
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In 1842, 16,500 British and Indian troops (and some civilians), which had invaded Afghanistan as a part of the Great Game in order to contest Russian moves to dominate Central and South Asia, began a retreat from Kabul, the Afghan capital, toward Jalalabad, Pakistan.

Only one Britisher, a doctor, survived, because the Afghans wanted someone to carry a message back to the British to let them know what had happened -- and what would happen again should they dare to repeat their attempt at conquest.

In 1989, after a 10-year war in which 1 million Afghans were slaughtered by the Soviets and another 5 million became refugees from one of the bloodiest occupations anywhere at any time, the Soviet Union withdrew in ignominious defeat.

Not even the great Ghengis Khan, who invaded the country in 1219, was successful in totally pacifying the Afghans. Although he was able to place an occupation force there, he did so only by killing approximately half the indigenous population and by salting the arable land. And even those draconian tactics did not result in a successful permanent occupation.

The Obama administration has pledged to keep American troops in Afghanistan through 2024.
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Saint-Tepes Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Obama said he will keep the troops till 2014 not 2024
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Read the fine print before you challenge me, pal.  The plan is to remove almost all of the troops by the end of next year, but that plan also calls for the maintenance of a residual force in the country until 2024.  That's probably going to be a brigade of Marines or special forces troops that could be called upon when the shit hits the fan, which it will.


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BigMansini Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Military success in Afghanistan would essentially be like nuking Japan in WWII. The people of this nation have strong pride and ideals and will fight til not a single one is left. Obviously there is no longer a nuclear alternative, and for Americans, Vietnam has already proven the futility of trying to change the ideals of a nation thats willing to fight til it has nothing left. It only makes the outcome for the aggressor a foolish move from the jump, and in turn makes them appear not only foolish, but a monster for the relentless slaughter as well.
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
The only outside power to subdue the Afghans was Ghengis Khan in the 13th century, and he it did by killing half of the population, and salting all of the arable land. Even then, the tenuous grasp his empire held on the Afghans slipped entirely after his death and they resumed their traditional ways. My favorite story about Afghanistan though is what happened when a column of 16,000 British troops evacuated Kabul and attempted to make it Peshawar, which is now in Pakistan. The Afghans permitted one -- that is correct, one -- man to make it, a British doctor, and they told him that the only reason they were letting him go was so that he could tell the British what had happened to the remainder of their troops.

Our interests lie in Pakistan, not in Afghanistan.
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ragnad Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
When Sherlock Holmes first met Doctor Watson he deduced that the good Doctor recently came from Afganistan.  When trouble was expected we oft heard, "Watson, bring your gun".  Might Conan-Doyle have been suggesting that Doctor Watson was the sole survivor of the bloodiest retreat since Xenophon's march to the sea?
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poasterchild Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Well, THAT's interesting!  
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battlefan221 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
Thank holy fuck it is. The only exception here unfortunately is... it's not a graveyard to the american imperuim... it will never be.
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Sorry if this will butthurt anyone, i'm just stating opinions, not facts.
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xoPumpkinLovexo Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
AMEN
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Supreme-Commissar Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student General Artist
This is too true. We really should leave. ;(
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Nightbringer24 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
The title (as some before stated) should be 'Death of Armies' not Empires.
The British and Mongolian Empires kept going without Afghanistan. Although the British army actually learned something out of it.
My :twocents:

Although the message still make sense.
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