Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Britain's Afghan mission is a fruitless and failing pursuit

While soldiers die and huge sums are frittered on Karzai's regime, the operation is failing in whatever objective it had

Simon Jenkins
Wednesday December 12, 2007
The Guardian

"......British soldiers should never be sent to fight and die because ministers will not face a simple truth. As for Britain's politicians mouthing hypocrisies about "our brave boys", they are a disgrace. When asked recently what he thought of the Helmand expedition, the Tory leader David Cameron shrugged and replied, "We can't just stand by and do nothing." That is Britain's post-imperial disease in a nutshell. Do anything, however stupid. In Afghanistan there is no realistic mission, no achievable objective, no long-term strategy, only the fruitless pursuit of failure."

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