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General News    H3'ed 3/1/20

US and Taliban sign historic peace deal to end 18-year war

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America’s longest war finally has an end in sight. The US and Taliban signed a peace deal Saturday that could see all American troops withdrawn from Afghanistan by May 2021, ending the conflict that began less than a month after 9/11.

Like the British who fought in Afghanistan three times (1839-1842, 1880-1882, summer of 1919), the US is walkiing away from the war, having done great damage but having accomplished nothing.

Like the Soviets, who fought in Afghanistan from 1979-1989, the US went in with the hubris of a superpower, and succumbed after many years to a people who are doggedly determined to be independent.

Like Vietnam, this was a war that was as much about maintaining access to drugs as were the infamous British Opium Wars in China. And like the Vietnam War, this one is ending with a face-saving gesture that upholds the pretext that America achieved its end. 

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad (L) and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (R) shake hands
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad (L) and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (R) shake hands
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