Lessons from Northern Ireland and the Hindu Kush
"In the end, you reach the goal of 'no more terrorists' not when they are all dead, but when some are dead, some have stopped terrorism and no new young men are coming along to take their places in the organization. That leads to maybe the hardest lesson to swallow: 'Terrorist' is not a lifetime badge."
Then there's this note: "The last army to win in Afghanistan was that of Alexander the Great; everyone else has got mauled and pulled out."
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