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REVIEW ☆ Afgantsy In a timely and eye opening book Rodric Braithwaite examines the Russian experience in that most recent war in Afghanistan after Alexander's conuests and the many British imperial wars and skirmishes Largely basing his account on Russian sources and interviews he shows the war through the eyes of the Russians themselves politicians officers sold. Don t advance on Moscow is the first rule of warfare according to the late Bernard Montgomery a British Field Marshal and victory of the Battle of El Alamein The second is don t go fighting with your land army on the mainland of Asia The time has come I think to reverse the order here history has only two examples of failure before Moscow compared with the many examples of disaster in Asia of disasters in particular in Afghanistan the charnel house of empireI once wrote that it should be compulsory for ever new incumbent of the White House to read The uiet American the novel by Graham Greene set in Vietnam during the last days of the French occupation Now another book has been published which should be compulsory reading for every western leader every neo con and every moral imperialist Afgantsy the Russians in Afghanistan 1979 1989 by Rodric Braithwaite Sadly it has come ten years too late Actually I have a slight ualification here a point I will come to a little later onThere are few better ualified to tell the story of the tragic involvement of the old Soviet Union in Afghanistan than Sir Rodric Braithwaite once British ambassador to Moscow He begins with an intimate knowledge of Russia the Russian people and the Russian sources He also writes with understanding and sympathy for the veterans of this hopeless conflict the Afgantsy of the title who fought and suffered under the most appalling circumstances often caught between the ruthlessness of the enemy and the negligent indifference of their own commanders Put out of your mind the Red Army of 1943 to 1945 Think rather of the Imperial Army of 1914 to 1917 Braithwaite s has a tale to unfold whose lightest word harrows up the blood It s a story of suffering the suffering of the ordinary Russian soldiers mostly ill educated conscripts some 15000 of whom lost their lives the suffering of the ordinary people of Afghanistan over a million of whom lost theirs often in the most dreadful circumstances It s also a story of incompetence the political incompetence of the Kremlin sinking into geriatric senescence and the military incompetence of the Russian central command The political and strategic incompetence goes wider goes so far as Washington to an administration so anxious to avenge the humiliation of Vietnam that it was willing to offer support to the most antediluvian and obscurantist forces the mujahideen that was to morph into al aeda and the Taliban As late as 1998 ten years after the conflict ended Zbigniew Bzrezinski former security advisor to President Jimmy Carter continued to justify American support for the insurgents What is important in the history of the world The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet Empire Some stirred up Muslims or the liberation of central Europe and the end of the Cold WarHere we have the same kind of blindness that led Francis Fukuyama to announce the end of history just before history leapt up and bit him and Bzrezinski on the arse It s the blindness that caused Congressman Charles Wilson to describe Jalaluddin Haani the mujahideen commander as goodness personified This incarnation of goodness is now number three on America s most wanted list The Soviet road to hell was paved with good intentions Although reluctant to intervene in the affairs of the country contrary to Western perceptions at the time they came hoping to make a difference to bring this medieval society into the modern age But the Afghans in the main have only ever wanted one thing to be left alone The British know this or should know this after some fairly disastrous interventions in the nineteenth century In fact soon after the Soviet invasion the Foreign Office helpfully provided the deputy Soviet foreign minister with an account of past involvements only to be told that this time it will be different But it wasn t it never could be Afghanistan is easy to occupy but impossible to hold a lesson that needs to be repeated time and again the lesson that the Soviets ignored the lesson that George Bush and Tony Blair also ignored There might be some excuse for Bush smarting in the aftermath of 911 there is none for Blair given the Foreign Office warning given our history So hence my ualification above even in Afgantsy had been published years earlier it is doubtful if it would have made any difference to the strategic blindness of this stupid man We are now where we are where the Soviets once were the wolf is being held by the earsjust How to let go that s the problem The Russians wanted out years before their final exit The problem was always to do so while retaining a degree of credibility the nightmare beueathed to Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985 Obama and Cameron would do well to pay heed to this brilliant and superbly researched account of a multi faceted tragedy In the end Afghanistan will be left to its own devices at a waste of so many lives and so much effort History speaks it s such a pity that we fail to listen Deadshifted politicians officers sold. Don t advance on Moscow is the first rule of warfare according to the late Bernard Montgomery a British Field Marshal and victory of the Battle of El Alamein The second is don t go fighting with your land army on the mainland of Asia The time has come I think to reverse the order here history has only two examples of failure before Moscow compared with the many examples of disaster in Asia of disasters in The Hole of the Pit particular in Afghanistan the charnel house of empireI once wrote that it should be compulsory for ever new incumbent of the White House to read The uiet American the novel by Graham Greene set in Vietnam during the last days of the French occupation Now another book has been The Essential Jim Brickman Vol 4 PianoVocalChords published which should be compulsory reading for every western leader every neo con and every moral imperialist Afgantsy the Russians in Afghanistan 1979 1989 by Rodric Braithwaite Sadly it has come ten years too late Actually I have a slight 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Sandy Promises a Romance Bk 1 political incompetence of the Kremlin sinking into geriatric senescence and the military incompetence of the Russian central command The The Shadow People political and strategic incompetence goes wider goes so far as Washington to an administration so anxious to avenge the humiliation of Vietnam that it was willing to offer support to the most antediluvian and obscurantist forces the mujahideen that was to morph into al aeda and the Taliban As late as 1998 ten years after the conflict ended Zbigniew Bzrezinski former security advisor to President Jimmy Carter continued to justify American support for the insurgents What is important in the history of the world The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet Empire Some stirred up Muslims or the liberation of central Europe and the end of the Cold WarHere we have the same kind of blindness that led Francis Fukuyama to announce the end of history just before history leapt up and bit him and Bzrezinski on the arse It s the blindness that caused Congressman Charles Wilson to describe Jalaluddin Haani the mujahideen commander as goodness The Alien's Mate personified This incarnation of goodness is now number three on America s most wanted list The Soviet road to hell was Degrees of Elevation paved with good intentions Although reluctant to intervene in the affairs of the country contrary to Western Demons Yes But Thank God for Good Angels perceptions at the time they came hoping to make a difference to bring this medieval society into the modern age But the Afghans in the main have only ever wanted one thing to be left alone The British know this or should know this after some fairly disastrous interventions in the nineteenth century In fact soon after the Soviet invasion the Foreign Office helpfully The Pride and Prejudice Movie Cookbook provided the deputy Soviet foreign minister with an account of Vietnam Perkasie A Combat Marine Memoir past involvements only to be told that this time it will be different But it wasn t it never could be Afghanistan is easy to occupy but impossible to hold a lesson that needs to be repeated time and again the lesson that the Soviets ignored the lesson that George Bush and Tony Blair also ignored There might be some excuse for Bush smarting in the aftermath of 911 there is none for Blair given the Foreign Office warning given our history So hence my ualification above even in Afgantsy had been LoSing Strength and Dexterity problem The Russians wanted out years before their final exit The Afghanistan problem was always to do so while retaining a degree of credibility the nightmare beueathed to Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985 Obama and Cameron would do well to The Black Sheeps Secret Child pay heed to this brilliant and superbly researched account of a multi faceted tragedy In the end Afghanistan will be left to its own devices at a waste of so many lives and so much effort History speaks it s such a The Billionaires Desire pity that we fail to 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REVIEW ☆ Afgantsy Ated mountain outposts The parallels with Afghanistan today speak for themselves 'A superb achievement of narrative history sensitive writing and exciting fresh research' so wrote Simon Sebag Montefiore about Rodric Braithwaite's bestseller Moscow 1941 But those words and many others of praise that were given it could eually apply to his new boo. I was a senior in high school when the USSR invaded Afghanistan in December 1979 Shortly thereafter the US boycotted the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow and President Jimmy Carter reinstated Selective Service registration My mother wrote a letter of protest and actually received a reply from the White House Three years later when I was a junior in college majoring in journalism the Soviets were bogged down in Afghanistan and it was among the hottest stories that we studied My favorite professor told us that in his opinion anything that occurred in the last 25 years was current events Anything older was historyNow the Soviet war in Afghanistan ualifies as history according to him Afgansty The Russians in Afghanistan 1979 1989 fills in all of the blanks that the Western news media couldn t when the war raged Rodric Braithwaite was the British Ambassador to the USSR during that period so if any one is ualified to write a book about the Soviet War in Afghanistan he is Braithwaite writes like a journalist not a government official His writing is crisp and vivid He sorts out messy situations such as the power struggle between factions in the Afghan Communist Party and among the mujahideen He doesn t get mired in alphabet soup when writing about the various Soviet military units This is a fast moving exciting book His sources include official Soviet records and personal interviews with Red Army soldiers civilian volunteers and mujahideenBraithwaite dispels all of the misconceptions perpetuated by the Western news media throughout the 1980s The Soviets had not learned from the US mistakes in Vietnam They repeated them in Afghanistan The mujahideen did not incessantly savage the Soviets with Stinger missiles They were often happy to negotiate ceasefires to position themselves better against their adversaries fellow mujahideen The Soviets did commit atrocities but were rank amateurs compared to the mujahideen The Soviets did commit atrocities but they also tried very hard to win the hearts and minds of the Afghans and were respectful of Islam And the biggest misconception of all The Soviets invaded Afghanistan to seize a warm water port Where Afghanistan is land locked According to Braithwaite they were working on a withdrawal plan from the moment they went inOf course the Western media did the best it could trying to report on a war waged by a closed society inside of another closed society However I vividly recall in 1980 a pervasive feeling that the Soviets were invincible Little did we know they were just as vulnerable as anybody all alongThis is a superb book

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REVIEW ☆ Afgantsy Iers advisers journalist women As former ambassador to Moscow Rodric Braithwaite brings his uniue insights to the Soviet war in Afghanistan The story has been distorted not only by Cold War propaganda but also by the myths of the nineteenth century Great Game It moves from the high politics of the Kremlin to the lonely Russian conscripts in isol. A fascinating and educational read

  • Hardcover
  • 448
  • Afgantsy
  • Rodric Braithwaite
  • English
  • 22 September 2017
  • 9781846680540