a reply to: KungfuStu
Hmm, also one of the seat's of human civilization, it was once fabulously wealthy and cultured, once but long ago before the savage Muhammadan's beat
down the already broken door's.
A place that was so important that army's from long before and including Alexander the great's and right up to the superpowers of the twentieth and
twenty first century's are still drawn to.
The people there today are not quite the one's that built that great civilization with it's mighty walled city's and merchant's caravans, the city of
Zoroaster upon the river OX now just a mud brick ruin was once one of the greatest prizes in Alexanders aquisition's.
But today this land riven by ancient strife were many nation's and tribes such as one that is actually descended from Ghengis mongol's and now form's
the weakest among them are constantly at war with one another in tribal dispute's, a place were the likes of extremists find free reign is indeed a
place were many empire's and even modern superpowers have broken like the crashing wave's against a desolate shore.
A bitter and cursed land but also one that is in places beautiful while in other's harsh and inhospitable.
But Resources, proposed but never realized Oil Pipelines to capitalize upon the growing wealth of China and rare mineral's all make this cursed blood
soaked land a coveted piece of territory as well as it's geopolitical potential if it could ever be rested from the hand's of the mad mullah's whom
themselve's are descended from they whom murdered, butchered and enslaved those that already lived there when they came to take it, defenceless
Buddhists, slightly less defenceless Hindus and Zoroastrian's but of course after there religious destruction of the holy site's of these other
faith's as well as the established trade route's, farm's and merchant city's which had made them wealthy they did a good job of impoverishing that
land long before the Soviet's or the Western Coalition ever left there own temporary footprint's in it's shifting sand's.
Even the British Empire at our peak once tried and failed though some would argue it was a half hearted attempt, the trouble is that you can never
trust an Afghan, we made deal's with them like we had in india but they then felt free to break there deal's as and when it suited them, erstwhile
allies then turned and butchered the retreating relatively small British including men, woman and children though likely many of the woman and
children ended up as slave's.
A cruel and pitiless land indeed and one populated by an equally cruel and pitiless people with a strange liking for dancing boy's.
The only way to conquer such a land is the one way we can not do without becoming something we would hate, total medievil warfare eradicating not
only the armed but also there community's and people.
IT is however and has to be said the way that the Muhammadan's themselves did conquer much of it before becoming so entrenched that the remnent's of
they whom they had conquered had to convert to there way or face death from those that did so.
edit on 14-10-2016 by LABTECH767 because: (no reason given)