Thought for the day

"We're so self-important. So arrogant. Everybody's going to save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save the snails. And the supreme arrogance? Save the planet! Are these people kidding? Save the planet? We don't even know how to take care of ourselves; we haven't learned how to care for one another. We're gonna save the fuckin' planet? . . . And, by the way, there's nothing wrong with the planet in the first place. The planet is fine. The people are fucked! Compared with the people, the planet is doin' great. It's been here over four billion years . . . The planet isn't goin' anywhere, folks. We are! We're goin' away. Pack your shit, we're goin' away. And we won't leave much of a trace. Thank God for that. Nothing left. Maybe a little Styrofoam. The planet will be here, and we'll be gone. Another failed mutation; another closed-end biological mistake." -- George Carlin

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.

 

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