LIVE event: David Loyn – 200 years of intervention
You can now watch the event here.
Afghanistan is the subject for tonight’s discussion at the Frontline Club. As usual, if you can’t make it to the club in person, please come and join us on the Frontline Club live channel. We start at the slightly earlier time than usual at 7pm UK time, Thurs 9 October, 2008.
David Loyn, BBC’s Developing World Correspondent, talks to Saul David, author and Professor of War Studies at the University of Buckingham. David has reported from Afghanistan for many years and recently published Butcher & Bolt, a history of 200 years in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan has been a strategic prize for foreign empires for more than 200 years. The British, Russians and Americans have all fought across its beautiful and inhospitable terrain, in conflicts variously ruthless, misguided and bloody. A century ago, the common sneer about how British soldiers treated Afghan tribesmen was that they would ‘butcher’ them, then ‘bolt’. This violent history is the subject of David Loyn’s book Butcher & Bolt.
Meanwhile, if you want the latest from Afghanistan head to Alex’s blog. He just arrived back in Kandahar.