This week in England, we were asked to â€˜Remember, remember the Fifth of Novemberâ€™, and this Sunday – Remembrance Sunday – to remember the soldiers. It is well that we remember these; but I wonder whether it would have served us even better to remember that there had been three Anglo-Afghan Wars, before getting ourselves into a fourth one. The Encyclopædia Britannica has them thus: â€˜The first war demonstrated the ease of overrunning Afghanistan and the difficulty of holding it. The second war proved to be a Pyrrhic victory for the British.â€™ So remember the poppy fields in Afghanistan, as well as those in Flanders, when you see the poppies this autumn.
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