Monday, August 16, 2021

Afghanistan: The 'Graveyard of Empires' Claims Another?

Afghanistan has been called "the graveyard of empires."  While disputes about the validity of the term continue, the fact is that the country has been a battleground for empires.  From ancient times until today, the country has been invaded by what is present-day India, the Greeks, Muslims of the Rashidun caliphate, Mongols led by Genghis Khan, Persians, and Sikhs.  More recently, the British Empire, the Soviet Union, and NATO, led by the United States, have had a go at establishing a presence in the nation.

Why is Afghanistan so important?

According to military tacticians, any entity controlling Afghanistan has a gateway to control Southern Asia, especially India, which can be invaded through the Khyber Pass.  Control of the pass is a reason so many empires and nations have battled for control of the country.  It is key to empire-building in southeast Asia.  Currently, Afghanistan is at least temporarily under the control of the Taliban.  But perhaps even more importantly, China has indicated that it will recognize the Taliban if Kabul falls..........To Read More...........

My Take - The China scenario is just more clabber.  This country is nowhere and nothing, that's positioned between two somewheres and two somethings, and will never be anything else.  China can't afford Afghanistan. 

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