This is what America does around the world. If the US was interested in spreading democracy, it would head for Mississippi. Hell, it might even head for Washington, DC. The oligarchy there could use a little democracy too. Not a chance in hell. The billions of dollars from the corporate oligarchs will keep on ruling the American people. The Koch Brothers are set to bribe Washington politicians to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars in the upcoming election. Lobbying is nothing but a fancy word for bribery.
My book on the War and US Occupation.
It turns out that my predictions about the future were not far off. The US is still in Iraq. Conflict between the Sunnis and Shias has increased. The US pulled soldiers out for a time, but was back with the rise of ISIS. Syria was thrown into chaos. It goes on with no end in sight.
Like the old song says: When will they ever learn? Empires do not learn. They eventually collapse. First they rot from the inside. That is probably happening today.
In 1982, the Soviet Army was bogged down in Afghanistan fighting the Mujahadin. The USA was shipping arms and aid to the Mujahadin rebels and anti-Soviet warlords via the Khyber Pass.
I made a trip up the Khyber Pass from Peshawar to Landi Kotal in the Northwestern Frontier Province in l982 on the Khyber Pass train. The Khyber Pass Railway was built by the British and ran from 1925 till 2007. It ran 51 kilometers from Peshawar to Landi Kotal. There were steam locomotives on both ends of the small train. These engines were HGS-2-8 OS locomotives manufactured by Vulcan Foundry and Kitson and Company in Preston, England. The village of Landi Kotal at the west end of the railway is 1200 meters in altitude.
I returned to Peshawar by bus.
I scanned some old slides that I took along the pass. Today (2018) the train is not running, but one can go from Peshawar to Landi Kotal by bus up the Khyber Pass. Some local authorities in Peshawar want to restore the railway for tourists purposes, using the old train and classical engines. Hopefully this will be done in future, but security is still a problem due to the war in Afghanistan.
It can be a great adventure, and was quite safe in those days. Unfortunately, it is not the case today.
A flat plain and Afridi villages west of Peshawar.
A Fort Along the Way
A hillside fort and some villagers
Mountains and a dry riverbed in August
View of the Pass and the road
A village and village children watching the train
A small shrine next to a graveyard
View of a hilltop fort
A Hilltop Lookout
Landi Kotal at the end of the line
A bus at Muree, a popular hill station