William Dalrymple (Source: ABC Radio National)
This podcast has been up for a few days but I just thought that I would highlight it. British author William Dalrymple was interviewed on Australia's ABC Radio National as part of the Sydney Writers Festival about his new book detailing the First Anglo-Afghan War. The book is Return of a King. It is obviously risky to draw too much from a historical analogy but the discussion was interesting. He highlighted the tribal similarity between the leader of Afghanistan deposed by the British, Dost Mohammad, and the current President, Hamid Karzai. I think anybody who has read about the British intervention at that time cannot help but think of parallels between then and the current situation in that tragic country. This is not to criticise the current operations in Afghanistan but rather an observation. It was not a long podcast but really worth a listen to.