Charge of the Lite Brigade: The EU in Afghanistan

The Afghanistan mission combines military intervention, statebuilding, and democratization in a narco-state at war with itself—one that has historically been a graveyard of empires.

David Long
Published: Wednesday, 08/20/2008 12:00 am EDT

The Afghanistan mission combines military intervention, statebuilding, and democratization in a narco-state at war with itself—one that has historically been a graveyard of empires. In this troubled environment, the states of the European Union have proceeded in a manner resembling the blunders commemorated at another time in Lord Tennyson's poem, The Charge of the Light Brigade.

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