The Kabul Government the Soviets Left Held Out for 3 Years, Outlived the USSR, and Crumbled Only After Yeltsin Cut Aid
When the US told Yeltsin to cut Kabul off Moscow protested the US/Pakistan should therefore also cut aid to Mujahideen then complied anyway
Machine translated from Russian.
When Soviet troops left Afghanistan after 10 years of war, I was 8 years old. Of course, it is difficult for me then to realize the scale and consequences of those events. In subsequent years, I heard more than once that everything was in vain, that everything crumbled and collapsed, and the “Afghans” themselves were belittled in every possible way, and even now, in some kind of a cinematography as domestic bunglers.
In light of what is happening now in Afghanistan, you understand very well that when the Soviet army left Afghanistan, it left behind not a void, but a fully capable state, which for 3 years under conditions of international isolation waged a war against the bearded men sponsored by the USA, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and a number of other countries, even when Gorbachev and Yeltsin curtailed support for the Najibullah government. And the DRA army did not disperse in a couple of weeks, but fought quite successfully for itself, until it was destroyed by internal conflicts and the betrayal of commanders, including the notorious Dostum, who is now scrambling to Uzbekistan.
For 10 years, the Soviet Army provided the conditions for the existence of a fully-fledged Afghan secular state, which, even in conditions of war and isolation, existed for 3 years.
In contrast, we see how, after 20 years of occupation of Afghanistan by US and NATO forces, the pro-American regime in Afghanistan is crumbling even faster than the American troops can withdraw. And the main thing that leaves behind the United States is a country full of bearded figures and the largest heroin industry. When the USSR left, it left behind the state, schools, hospitals, factories, roads, bridges, tunnels, and a secular society.
The difference is more than obvious and obvious. The warriors-internationalists in Afghanistan fulfilled their duty and provided opportunities for the existence of the Afghan state, which for a short time even survived the collapse of the USSR. The American army was unable to solve the problem of survival of the puppet regime, completely repeating the scenario of South Vietnam.
So in these days of the shameful collapse of the United States in Afghanistan, I would like to say, among other things, that the men who were doing their duty in Afghanistan did their job well. It is not their fault that the results of their labor were leveled out by the leaders who destroyed the country and left the DRA to its fate.
Everything is relative. I believe that assessments of the results of the 1979-1989 Afghan war in the light of what is happening now in Afghanistan should undergo a certain revision, and the merits of the internationalist soldiers should receive additional coverage and perpetuation.
Source: Colonel Cassad