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History repeats itself in Afghanistan
It is impossible to control Afghans not only because they are fierce fighters and unafraid of death, but also because the terrain is very difficult which makes it nearly impossible for invaders to keep it under control for a long time.

Englishmen had to taste the defeat at the hands of Afghans in nineteenth century. Only two Englishmen were able to return from the mountains after an ambush by Afghans. Soviets found it impossible to control Afghans, much to their discomfort.  Now, Americans along with their NATO allies are beating retreat without subduing Afghans.

The people have, of course, changed their religion from Hinduism to Buddhism to Islam but they are very firm in their religious beliefs. They have become radical Muslims because of influence of Taliban. They have their cousins, Pakhtoons on other side of the border in Pakistan who defeated Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the Sikh Emperor in a fierce fight. He lost his famous general, Hari Singh Nalwa during the battle.

The situation in Afghanistan these days looks almost similar to the one that prevailed in 1839 when English had installed exiled leader Shah Shuja on the throne of Kabul. Shuja, like President Hamid Karzai was seen as a stooge by various tribal groups in the country.

Many experts believe history is repeating itself in Afghanistan. What makes them say so is that Karzai - a direct descendant of Shah Shuja-Ul-Mulk is facing Mullah Omar’s Taliban, which draws fighters from various tribal groups that had fought and defeated Mulk and colonial English in nineteenth century.

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