For the past week American TV screens have been crowded with views of people trying to leave Afghanistan. Crowds scramble to board the departing planes at the Kabul Airport. The pictures are harrowing. The panic of terrified people fleeing from the incoming Taliban fighters can be felt by viewers thousands of miles away.
This isn’t the first time that foreigners have been ousted from the rugged mountains of Afghanistan. Almost two hundred years ago the British invaded the country. They too were chased out, and the ordeal of their leaving was recorded by a brave British Army wife, Florentia Sale. Last year I wrote an account of her ordeal in this blog. Perhaps we can learn something about the folly of foreign wars by revisiting her experience.
As wise men have reminded us ‘Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.’
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I went back and re-read your post on Florentia Sale after reading your message today, and I am so glad that I did! YES, Sale’s story is all too sadly relevant to our own times. To our own times? That is too vague. To this day, this hour, this minute!
Thank you for bringing wisdom and perspective to a tragic and divisive subject.