Author: A. Bovin
Why the Afghan Revolution Failed
BOVIN BLAMES REVOLUTION'S FAILURE MAINLY ON REGIME'S FACTIONAL IN-FIGHTING, DOGMATISM, BRUTALITY; HE SAYS ENTRY OF SOVIET TROOPS GALVANIZED OPPOSITION, AFFIRMS NEED FOR SOVIET WITHDRAWAL, DESPITE DIM PROSPECTS FOR PEACE
Afghanistan: A DIFFICULT DECADE. (By Political Commentator A. Bovin. Izvestia, Dec. 23, p. 5. Complete text:) In November I spent two weeks on assignment in Afghanistan. In addition to Kabul, I visited Herat, Mazar-i Sharif and Khairaton. I spoke with the President of the republic, the Prime Minister, Ministers, governors, generals, members of Parliament and scholars, as well as with Soviet comradesjournalists, diplomats, military personnel and specialists.
I flew to Afghanistan with some apprehension. Judging from the information I had, the situation in the country was becoming increasingly critical. The same "damnable" questions kept coming to mind. Why weren't the people who seized power in April 1978 able to use that power, after securing the people's and peasants' support, to wrest Afghanistan out of its backwardness and to rebuild the society on a new and just basis? Why did the enormous and comprehensive assistance provided by the Soviet Union, including the dispatching of a 100,000-man army, fail to lead to a strengthening and stabilization of the post-April political regime? Is it possible, is there still time to stem the tide of counterrevolution, to probe for compromises among the various social and political forces and to set up a provisional or interim form of government?
Someday books, many books, will be written that will thoroughly answer these and similar questions. But as we know, Minerva's owl flies off at midnight. Readers don't want to wait that long. And this is why we journalists have to take a risk, venture opinions and offer assessments, and do so on the basis of a far from complete initial data base. Of course, dozens of conversations I had in Afghanistan gave me abundant material for reflection. ...
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|Article Title||Afghanistan: A DIFFICULT DECADE|
|Source||Current Digest of the Russian Press, The , No.51, Vol.40, January 18, 1989, page(s):10-11|
|Place of Publication||Minneapolis, USA|