Report by Howard Myers
Our speaker this evening is such a rising star he was a Lt. Colonel when we invited him but was a full Colonel by the time he spoke to us. Congratulations Colonel.
Beginning with the Ghaznavid Empire in 963 AD, COL McGee treated the Forum audience to a brief and illuminating history of Afghanistan.
This history covered a period of being ruled by Kings, emperors and warlords as well as two British incursions. Col. McGee also described the period in the 60’s to early 70’s when there was relative stability and safety, which attracted western tourism. The civil war that started in 1973 encouraged the incursion of the USSR from 1979 – 1989, killed many Afghans and destroyed much of Afghanistan’s infrastructure.
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