Another year, another half-hearted declaration of war on poppy. But the real gem in this article comes toward the end:
U.S. Lt.-Col. Bryan Denny is hopeful Afghan farmers will heed [Kandahar Governor] Wesa’s message and by extension, reject the Taliban. For inspiration, he looks to the 1880 Battle of Maiwand.
During that clash, Afghan forces defeated a British brigade in one of the few times during the 19th century that an Asian force defeated a western power.
“People look to Maiwand and go, ‘Hey, we beat the British right here. Why can’t we beat the insurgency right here as well?’ ” Denny said.
I’ve also heard Kandaharis draw analogies from Maiwand to the present day. But they were, um, a little different.