“At dawn on January 6, 1842, some 4,500 British and Indian troops, and 14,000 family members, servants, and civilian workers, assembled on the outskirts of Kabul.” Daniel G. Jones
Editor’s Note: Read on to experience The Afghan Experience 1842…then weep!
By Daniel G. Jones, American Thinker, August 18, 2019
Our eighth round of talks with the Taliban, concerning terms for a U. S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, has concluded without agreement. We can’t agree on a timetable (we want two and a half years; the Taliban want us out within nine months). We can’t agree on a ceasefire (we say now; they say not until our deal is finalized). We can’t agree on how to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for terrorists (actually, we can’t even agree on the definition of “terrorist”).
The good news is that we are “inching closer” to a “draft agreement,” according to experienced foreign policy experts.
Who are these experts, and what do they know about Afghanistan? Have they talked to the British? The British negotiated with the Afghanis in the 19th century, and their tale is hair-raising.
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In 1839, during the First Anglo-Afghan War, British troops occupied the city of Kabul. There, they secured an uneasy peace, mainly by bribing local potentates.
In November 1841, Wazir Akbar Khan declared a general revolt. Shortly thereafter, an Afghani mob murdered political officer Sir Alexander Burnes and his staff. The British commander, Sir William Elphinstone, ignored the incident. When Afghanis started shelling the British encampment from a hill outside the city, British forces engaged the enemy but withdrew after suffering heavy casualties. Continue reading