March 24, 2013

An inventory of invasions of Afghanistan from Persia's Darius the Great to the Soviets summing up: (plus counterpoint from commenters) 'Why have large- modern/organized forces continually failed throughout history? IT'S THE TERRAIN! THE TERRAIN! If we have this much trouble penetrating and managing it in modern times- I can't fathom what it was like back then for these ancient armies. It is impossible to impress upon you how remote most parts of this region are – you can literally stumble across a tiny village in the mountains that did not show up on the most modern satellite imaging because of the terrain and how tiny and poorly the huts are constructed.'