Wednesday, 4 November 2009
When the Taliban regime was overthrown by the western backed northern Alliance I was proud of the contribution of British and American special forces. Together with overwhelming airpower, a limited number of western soldiers helped sweep the Taliban and their al Qaeda allies into the margins of that desolate patch of dirt known as Afghanistan. An opportunity was lost in not confirming the death of Bin Laden but all in all the sanctuary afforded Islamic terrorists was disrupted if not destroyed. Instead however of withdrawing and only maintaining enough presence to destroy any emerging threats we decided to spend blood and treasure (in increasing amounts) on the thankless task of 'nation building' Here we see the result, removing armour to show trust...there is no trust just varying degrees of murderous hostility. I once thought that perhaps the people of Afghanistan wanted what we all want,peace,security and a roof over ones head. Instead I now believe that some societies whether for tribal or religious reasons are doomed to remain mired in a state of barbaric chaos and who indeed are we to deny them that dubious pleasure? Comments from Labour politicians such as this merely confirm my opinion that we no longer have a definite achievable goal in Afghanistan.We won the original fight and leaving forces in place to decapitate any nascent Taliban regime should now be our aim, time perhaps for both British and American forces to come home and focus on potential foes of tomorrow...Afghanistan can return to the bloody obscurity it deserves.