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Originally published in the U.K. as 'A Signal Catastrophe', this is the North American edition.

A history of the disastrous British expedition to Afghanistan in the early 1840s; of the subsequent occupation
of Kabul, and of the unedifying retreat therefrom. The perceived 'geopolitical necessities' of the time were what
'forced' the British into their action (that being the need to forestall Russian advances to the frontiers of British
India). The action they took was to set up one (unpopular) corrupt and venal king in opposition to another
equally unpleasant candidate, and then try (and fail) to back him up by the force of their presence.

The book describes clearly the dishonesty, corruption, and unreliability of the Afghans, and their incurably
corrupt and degenerate country in the mid-nineteenth century. Surely, these people are amongst the most
venal and treacherous on the face of the planet? I leave it as an 'exercise for the student' to come to their
own conclusions about whether anything has changed in Afghanistan in the ensuing 150 years.

The book also unmercifully exposes the crass incompetence and stupidity of certain sections of the British
diplomatic service and military establishment, not least those actually posted to Kabul.

This is a fascinating book (*) which should have been read by every stupid politician who advocated the
involvement of Western troops in the problems of the degenerate, amoral, corrupt and medieval country of
Afghanistan. Reading this book would also teach them to count if nothing else - the current debacle in
Afghanistan is not the 'Second Afghan War' but the 'Fourth Afghan War' (or possibly the Fifth...).

Tony Blair, George Bush, are you listening? Of course not - you have your heads so far up your own
cretinous a****holes that you cannot see/hear the real world...

(*) There are several books describing this British debacle - any of which could be read with profit by today's
politicians. ( )
  captbirdseye | Mar 12, 2014 |
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