I wish there had been more attention to this back when the Reagan Administration was throwing weaponry at Aghanistan’s mujahiddin. “The enemy of my enemy is not always my friend,” is a good cautionary motto. On the other hand, “They all do it” is also wrong. Only years later did Western analysts learn the difference between Ahmad Shah Massoud and Gulbaddin Hekmatyar.  

Sadly, the time to make such distinctions is right at the outset, before the Hekmatyars of the world bully their way into leadership and massacre the better characters who mistakenly thought “this guy hates the same regime I hate — and he has weapons.”


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