Afghanistan: Bane of Empire

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”
-Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás (George Santayana)

Why do we elect so many politicians who are functionally illiterate in the study of history? Afghanistan historically the bane of empires. The only times in which the country has been held in subjugation a sustained length of time were those in which the Mongol Khans invaded and virtually eliminated the tribal population. All Afghan invaders watched the blood of thier warriors soak into the desert sands until they too withdrew in defeat.

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