After years of failed efforts, the politicians decided staying in Afghanistan was too costly. A pullout was initiated and a treaty was signed to allow the troops to exit Afghanistan. But before the troops could make it to safety, Islamic forces struck. You’d be forgiven for thinking I was talking about this year’s jaw dropping pullout by allied forces. This was not 2021, the year was 1842.
For years, as a nation, we would live day-to-day, in survival mode. PLO chief Yasser Arafat urged on his suicide bombers and creative killers—and you never knew where they would appear. It was a bit like the coronavirus of today. The danger was invisible—until it hit.