Before the bombing started, senior L.A.Times correspondent Robin Wright was asked by CNN at the last moment of an interview for her one most important piece of advice. She was given only a few seconds but her immediate response was: "Don't try to forceably change the government in Afghanistan". Rather than asking her to explain and share her expertise on such a crucial matter, they told her goodnight.
It was the Americans who used Afghanistan to entrap the Russian Army and help bring about the dissolution of the Soviet Union -- bringing about the destruction of the country in the 1980s. Then it was the Americans who left the civil war that ensued to bring about more bloodshed and destruction. And then it was the Americans, working through key allies Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, who helped the Taliban take control -- oblivious to all concerns for human rights and democracy at the time. And now it is the Americans who are bringing about this new predicament...all in all millions dead, a historic country with deep cultural and religious traditions in total chaos.