Saturday, 26 June 2010
I was pleasantly surprised to hear David Cameron opine that he wanted British troop out of Afghanistan by the next parliament. This is great news and I believe the first moves in a long term strategy to have us sever our lap dog ties to the U.S Military machine. It does strike me as strange that it is a Conservative P.M that is keen to have us out whilst Brown and Labour seemed happy to stay glued to the U.S coat tails. The talk of victory is now a thing of the past and the words being used are 'workable outcome' and a 'better Afghanistan'!! I have no idea what that means and people and the Taliban will see it for what it is..defeat. The lie that it is in our national interest to be in Afghanistan may have been the case in 2003 when the Taliban were in control, but now the threat has moved to Pakistan and the threat of a Sharia Government having control of the Pakistan nuclear arsenal is very real and terrifying. What is clear is that once again the Afghanistan farmers have proved that they are not only exceptional poppy harvester's but when handed a Kalashnikov assault weapon and some plastic explosive they are extremely able and tenacious fighting men. They can now add the imperial forces of the U.S to the list including Britain and the Soviet Union; other empires also sent away with their tails between there legs. There will be many families torn apart by the continued deployment of Nato troops in Afghanistan as the casualties continue to mount. This really has become our Vietnam, if only the New Labour Government had had the same bottle and gumption as Harold Wilson had when he told the U.S the he was not involving British troops in the subjugation of Vietnam.
Posted by The Waylander at Saturday, June 26, 2010