Afghanistan's Past and Present Cannot Be Dismissed as Mere Jokes of History

Omar Samad
Published: Wednesday, 03/21/2007 12:00 am EDT

Comparing the Soviet experience in Afghanistan with NATO and Canada's current roles in post-conflict peace-building and reconstruction activities lacks symmetry, even though it may sound attractive to a small group of political and historical revisionists (Re: Afghanistan an 'Almost Impossible Mission" March 14). While there may be some cosmetic resemblances, the historical context, military logic and geo-political motivation behind the two interventions are in contradiction. The divide is even greater when you ask how the Afghan people perceive and compare the two.

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