isbn: 9791408818305 is a book about Afghanistan, set during the first invasion in 1839 which was remembered to the Russians in 1979 but curiously forgotten about on the second nato attempt (my blog) in 2001. After all third time lucky seems to be a good mantra for British civil servants when the americans are in charge.
While we all like to think that progress is being made* the same sort of reasons used recently can be applied to 1839. People who i have heard of make appearances The hIndjua brothers money comes from war finance and not ‘steel’ as Keith Vaz** and there party political donations for the labour party would have you believe.
In fact replace simply the names and history repeats itself. Within Afghan society there is feuds, family murder just like today and a place where rural links still mean more than ruler of large geographical area.
To make the past even more like the present a blue dossier existed much to the premise of the dodgy dossier had in more recent times. Anyhow history tells us that even in 1830 Afghanistan was expensive and bloody and seeds for the indian mutiny where sown.
The book can be a bit heavy going, but the various accounts of how Burnes*** met his end is telling as by then chaos reigned.
This book squarely lays the blame of events at the ruling classes and russian royal family, so essentially a family row which remained after botching up a meeting meant the Crimea in nine years time would be the next battle but not the last family row requiring armies.
* crazy right wing christians need not think this ** in case of bad publicity keeps having heart attacks. *** a scotsman who upset his hosts, it has good career advice for british civil servants even today