Graveyard of Invaders

When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains, An' go to your Gawd like a soldier.

Rudyard Kipling, The Young British Soldier (1892).

Afghanistan is a welcoming land, full of hospitable (if unusually well-armed) people. I know, for I have visited several times, and travelled, more-or-less, throughout the entire country. But then, unlike Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, the British Empire, the Soviet Union and, most recently, NATO and the United States, I didn't try to subvert or occupy the place. Which is just as well, for if history teaches us anything about Afghanistan, it's do not interfere, do not bully, and above all - DO NOT INVADE! ...

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