After reading an interesting article at New York Times titled: “The Pashtuns of Afghanistan : Alexander the Great also got in trouble here” I could not agree more.
I have previously mentioned that USA and NATO made a huge mistake when rapidly ousting the Talibans and replacing the bandits of the north, so called Northern Alliance into power. With a better knowledge of the history of the Afghans it’s clear that fighting with Afghans is not an easy task. Others have tried and failed. The reason to why no one can fight in Afghanistan is because of its people in the south. Pashtun fighters have always been impossible to break down. Taliban soldiers consisted mostly from the southern regions of Afghanistan. Its troops were mainly Pashtun soldiers.
Many will claim that there was an ethnic fighting going in inside Afghanistan during the Taliban era. But in fact the Taliban never favored any ethnic group. At least not the Pashtun people. Taliban main ambition was to oust all criminal gangs and groups from Afghanistan to create an Emirate where people could live in peace. Neighboring countries interference made it possible for internal fighting could continue by providing money and weapons to the Northern Alliance as well as the Taliban movement were hijacked by Pakistani ISI. This is the reason to why most of the senior Taliban figures have fled to Pakistan.
Now when ten years of fighting has been going on in Afghanistan and NATO, USA and many other countries are trying to fight the Talibans it’s obvious that the mission has failed. This is due to the fact that Pashtun people will never accept foreign troops on its soil.