I posted an article in the "Calling for a Time Out" thread that tried to shed some light in regards to the history of Afghanistan. It was then ridiculed as "complete shit" by Timbertroll. At the time I believed it was timbertroll who was the blinded one, but now I think I understand why he said this. Since then I have looked further into trying to find other accounts of Afghanistan history and have stumbled onto one of the most impressive essays I have ever read on the history of this war-torn country.
Afghanistan: Lessons from the Last War
This link is from George Washington University's National Security Archive, which is "An independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University, the Archive collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The Archive also serves as a repository of government records on a wide range of topics pertaining to the national security, foreign, intelligence, and economic policies of the United States. The Archive won the 1999 George Polk Award, one of U.S. journalism's most prestigious prizes, for--in the words of the citation--"piercing the self-serving veils of government secrecy, guiding journalists in the search for the truth and informing us all."
The new linked article shows that the "complete shit" article I posted does in fact have many historical truths in it, but it also showed me that the author of the "complete shit" article did interject some personal opinions and assumptions.
The new essay is very long, but if you have the time to read it and are interested in learning some amazing things about Afghanistan history and some past policies of the US in regards to Afghanistan I highly suggest you read it. You will also see a few other links that are very worthy of reading.