Thursday, June 10, 2010

David Cameron hints at Afghanistan exit on visit to Kabul, is it just talk or is there real meaning in his words?

Dear All

Afghanistan is a disaster both politically and militarily for the UK.

Brave British troops are fighting an unwinnable war which has no goals other than propping up the corrupt government of Hamid Karzai and his Warlords.

David Cameron is now making noises that there will be British troop withdrawals and an end to troop deployment.

But talk is cheap; he will need to results on that to be credible.

Despite a huge US-led military offensive slotted for the autumn both neither the Americans or the British can fix the internal problem of winning over the entire country.

People count.

The taking of land is simply shifting the problems around, that doesn’t produce security in real meaningful terms.

For anyone!

Speaking at a press conference next to President Karzai in Afghanistan, David Cameron calls this “the vital year”.

It isn’t, it is a continuation and the public know it, progress as far as the British people are concerned is getting the troops home safe.

David Cameron said;

“This is the year when we have to make progress — progress for the sake of the Afghan people, but progress also on behalf of people back at home who want this to work. Nobody wants British troops to be in Afghanistan for a moment longer than is necessary.”

Earlier a bomb killed at least 39 at a wedding in the southern province of Kandahar, the highest death toll in a single incident since September.

This is a new kind of warfare which the British and others struggle to cope with, the classic lines of battle no longer apply. In Afghanistan the enemy is in front, behind, beside and also working with you.

In Stalingrad, the sniper was king, but in Afghanistan it is the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) bomb makers that strike fear and death at will.

Losses are heavy among coalition forces with 23 international soldiers killed, one British soldier in Helmand province and four US servicemen when a Nato helicopter was shot down by insurgents.

In a single week!

David Cameron says he wants a “proper political settlement” that isn’t possible; the sad fact is that an Islamic dictatorship is the only viable solution.

That is what the people of Afghanistan understand; the idea of western democracy is so alien it will not register.

It is one thing to fight against the infidel, that is seen as a duty, but quite another to fight against the will of God.

That is what Islamic dictatorship brings, stability, we have to respect their country and their laws, even if they can’t interface with our standards.

It has to get worse before it gets better.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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