Thought for the day

"Only one thing to it: a strong stomach. The guts to gladhand a man you're going to stab in the back; pledge allegiance to principles you stomp on every day; righteously denounce some despot in the press and sell him arms under the table. The talent to whip up the voters' worst passions while you seem to call on their highest instincts, and the sense to stay wrapped in the flag. That's politics: I'll take the simple life." -- Beaumarchais, The Marriage of Figaro

The Soviet War in Afghanistan was a nine-year period involving Soviet forces and mujahideen rebels fighting to overthrow the Marxist People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) government in Afghanistan.

 

The Soviet Union supported the government while the rebels received support from various sources including the United States (in the context of the Cold War) and Pakistan. The conflict was a proxy war between two superpowers, who never actually met in direct confrontation.

 

The actual reasons why the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan are far more complex. The Soviet Union found itself almost completely surrounded by enemies. To the west stood Western Europe, full of NATO forces, nuclear weapons and American bases.

 

 

To the southeast was China, which had about a million soldiers on the border with the USSR. Up to this point, relations between China and the USSR were dire, often fatal skirmishes across the Ussuri River, and China was openly working with the United States to contain the Soviet Union by 1979.

 

https://www.libraryhist.com/2022/08/the-soviet-war-in-afghanistan-in-rare.html