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Afghanistan: Reflections from a “Trip of a Lifetime” in 1978

25 days ago   |   By Rick Steves

While I know otherwise, I often find myself wondering if the name “Afghanistan” comes from some ancient word for “tragedy.”
Afghanistan is in the headlines yet again - swiftly, and with almost no resistance, taken over by Taliban overlords, who envision a medieval-style caliphate. To someone of my generation, this weekend's events feel like déjà vu from a lifetime of watching that troubled corner of the world. First, in a decade of warfare that spanned nearly the entire 1980s, Afghanistan hobbled the USSR. And now - after spending two decades, nearly a trillion dollars, and thousands of...
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