produced by: Sanjay A. Sippy written and lettered by: Terrance Grace art: Juan Francisco Moyano color: Jay Moyano
In 1978, the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan revolted against the government in a coup d’état that resulted in a Communist ruling party. More than 27,000 political prisoners were executed. As the country fell into chaos, the Soviet Union invaded the capital – Kabul, staging another coup. A Soviet loyalist was installed as the new president of Afghanistan.
In response, the United States spearheaded a massive economic and covert military aid program, in support of anti-Communist freedom-fighters, or Mujahideen. By the late 80’s, nearly 2 million Afghan civilians had been killed. More than 3 million Afghan refugees were forced to flee into Pakistan.
This true story takes place in the year preceding the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, in 1989.
Financially it is ruinous. Morally it is wicked. Militarily it is an open question, and politically it is a blunder.
Winston Churchill on war with Afghanistan, 1897
We didn’t push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would… What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?
Zbigniew Brzezinski on the CIA’s intervention in Afghanistan, 1998
at that moment, any rational man would have pleaded for his life.
said a prayer or cursed god.
I was not that man.
gilani khan held my life in his hands. he was a narc and a heretic.
he was a corruption of a human being.
and yet I looked up at him with pity. who was I to judge my accuser?
america had already killed him.
his family. his country. his religion… dead.
and now, he was about to kill me.
peshawar, pakistan: this was the wild west. alexander the great. genghis khan. churchill.
they all DARED to call her home. who was I to question history? and yet, even still, HERE I was.
businessmen, tribesmen, afghan refugees. the kgb and the cia — they were all here.
the piccadilly circus of central asia.
she was old when christ was born.
and as bloody as beirut.