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  • Sajan Venniyoor
    Oct 28, 2014
      Malalai of Maiwand's role in the Battle of Maiwand (Second Anglo-Afghan War, 1880) is pretty fascinating. 

      Her battle cry was apparently: "Young love! If you do not fall in the battle of Maiwand, / By God, someone is saving you as a symbol of shame!" This unseemly enthusiasm for martyrdom -- a cause for some concern in our less romantic age -- was fairly common in those times, which probably explains why some 2500 Afghans including Malalai died at Maiwand, .

      Her wikipedia entry says Malalai is "also known as "The Afghan Jeanne D'Arc" and as "The Afghan Molly Pitcher" to the Western world", or at least, to the more mentally defective elements of the Western world. Who the hell is Molly Pitcher? It's a relief they don't call Ayub Khan -- in the general vein of Orientalist dumb-assery -- the Afghan Stonewall Jackson. 

      Though Watson's jezail bullet seems to have travelled around the good doctor's body like a vagrant on steroids, the jezail itself is quite a remarkable weapon from all reports. Though largely home-made, like its present day cousins in Bihar and UP, the jezail's long barrel apparently made it deadly over fairly long distances. Watson was lucky to get out of there alive. Practically half the British and Indian troops (mostly Indian, as is usually the case) were wiped out in Maiwand. 

      As Mousa says in Rambo III: 'May God deliver us from the venom of the cobra, teeth of the tiger, and the vengeance of the Afghan.' Understand what this means?
      Rambo: That you guys don't take any shit?
      Mousa: Yes... something like this.

      Sajan
       
      Sat Oct 11, 2014 11:11 am . Posted by:
      "Binand Sethumadhavan" dnanib
      Found in a quizzing group that I follow. Paraphrasing the question a bit to
      make it more interesting.
      What is the connection one of the Nobel Peace Prize winners of 2014,
      announced yesterday, has to the Sherlock Holmes canon?
      Binand
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