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Remember Charlie Wilson’s War?

The Russians do

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So rollicking was the back-story of the end of the Soviet Union’s ten-year war in Afghanistan that Hollywood made a movie about it.  Charlie Wilson’s War (2003) starred Tom Hanks as a raffish, bibulous Texas Congressman in need of an issue in 1980, after a narrow escape from a Rudy Giuliani-led investigation of reported cocaine use. Julia Roberts played the Houston socialite turned talk-show host and world-traveler, who, on behalf of her friend and admirer Pakistan president Zia-ul-Haq, interested Wilson in the cause of mujahidin in Afghanistan. Wilson had graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1956, and served in