AFGHANISTAN: Four Years in Purgatory

AFGHANISTAN

The Soviets have settled in for a long, costly, nasty war

One night last week, Soviet television carried an astonishing news report from the capital of Afghanistan, a broadcast that was totally fitting for the dawn of the Orwellian new year. The film showed hundreds of Afghan demonstrators parading through the streets of Kabul on Christmas Day. The subject of their protest was, of course, not the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, which had occurred exactly four years earlier. Instead, the Afghans were demonstrating against the U.S. invasion of Grenada, a military action that had begun in October and effectively ended after eight...

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