British Empire in Afghanistan

Via here, the article contains a history lesson in foreign imperialist meddling by the white man (my emphasis):

Between 1849 and 1947, Britain sent almost annual expeditions against the Pashtun tribes and sub-tribes living in what was then called the North-West Frontier Territories — the area along either side of the artificial border between Afghanistan and Pakistan called the Durand Line. This frontier was created in 1893 by Britain’s foreign secretary for India, Sir Mortimer Durand.

“If Washington’s bureaucrats don’t remember the history of the region, the Afghans do. The British used air power to bomb these same Pashtun villages after World War I and were condemned for it (you’re great at condemning war crimes). When the Soviets used MiGs and the dreaded Mi-24 Hind helicopter gunships to do it during the 1980s, they were called criminals. For America to use its overwhelming firepower in the same reckless and indiscriminate manner defies the world’s sense of justice and morality (what sense of justice and morality? You’re complicit in all your governments crimes) while turning the Afghan people and the Islamic world even further against the United States (we were never with the united states to turn against them) .”
In 1932, in a series of Guernica-like atrocities, the British used poison gas in Waziristan (a british favourite). The disarmament convention of the same year sought a ban against the aerial bombardment of civilians, but Lloyd George, who had been British prime minister during World War I, gloated: “We insisted on reserving the right to bomb niggers” (Fitzgerald and Gould, p. 65). His view prevailed (and we have the right to cleanse our lands from your filthy hands by any means, may you rot in hell).

Of course the article falls WAY short of what the real problem is, still it allowed me to post a brief and disgusting reminder of never-ending british imperialist foreign meddling.

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