Afghan peace comes with caveats but can’t be snuffed out By M.K. Bhadrakumar

1 March 2020 — Indian Punchline

US Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad (L) and co-founder of Taliban movement Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (R) signed the Afghan peace agreement., Doha, February 29, 2020

The chasm between illusion and reality in politics remains perennial. Wars seldom ended according to the script of peace agreements. The fall of Saigon in April 1975 ending Vietnam War, with defeated Americans hastily retreating in helicopters from the rooftop of their embassy, was not anticipated in the Paris Peace Accords of January 1973 that was painstakingly negotiated by Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese politburo member Le Duc Tho.

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