View of Kabul from the Intercontinental - Koldor Hormaza via Wikipedia
The irritable but fantastic Robert Fisk has a scary article about Afghanistan on The Independent. He ruminates from the roof of the Central Hotel (similar view to that from the Intercontinental pictured above), comparing the current situation with that of the Soviets in the mid 1980's. There are many similarities. He goes on to include more similarities from the British 19th Century Afghan experience. Neither of the two proceeding enterprises, as we all know, ended well.