Forgotten Afghanistan

AFGHANISTAN is a forgotten war. With the Soviet Union gone, Afghanistan is off the game board. The war there is seen only as an affair between tribes from the Middle Ages. Moreover, the good guys became the bad guys. All these Islamic fundamentalists that the CIA and Washington's allies armed and trained are turning against their godfathers. In Algeria, Egypt, Bosnia, and even in the United States, where they struck at the heart of New York's financial district last year, the veterans of Afghanistan continue their holy war, but this time, against the West and its friends - regimes they feel have betrayed Allah.

And Afghanistan is not a unique case. The massacres in Angola are far more murderous than the ones in former Yugoslavia. But the indignation that was raised when Moscow sent the Cuban army to keep this newly decolonized country in the Marxist camp in the 1970s is no longer there.

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