Recently, The New York Times published a slew of articles on Afghanistan: (“Can the U.S. lead Afghans?” by Mark Moyar; “The same mistake,” by Kimberly Marten, “The Afghanistan abyss,” by Nicholas D. Kristof, “The call from Afghanistan,” by Georgie Hanlin). They are all well-written articles, but all tend to ignore one very pertinent question: Why did the Soviet forces, despite their superior numbers, fail to defeat the insurgents? It hurts their pride to compare the United States with the reviled Soviet Union, but valuable lessons can be learned as both the U.S. and Canada are now embroiled in a similar bloody war in Afghanistan.
By Schneider Electric’s Secure Power Division - Canada
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