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Afghanistan, we leave when we win ?

6 Jul

U.S. General David Petraeus has taken command of the Afghan war. It has been 3195 days (8 years, 9 months) since the first British troops went to Afghanistan after the attacks of September 11.

Petraeus said “After years of war, we have arrived at a critical moment…We must demonstrate to the people and to the Taliban that Afghan and (American-led coalition) forces are here to safeguard the Afghan people and that we are in this to win. That is our clear objective.”

“In this to win” What do we win, the privilege of propping up a corrupt government, increased World drug supply and production, the right to imprison women for ‘bad character’, military spending in the billions whilst cutting services back home.

Afghanistan cultural, social and moral structure outside of Kabul, is not something we can change at the barrel of a gun (or military occupation). Neither can we “safeguard the Afghan people”. For every ISAF casualty, 100’s of Afghans become casualties. We are causing more harm to Afghan people by our presence.

Whilst U.S. troop numbers continue to rise (soon some 100,000 U.S. troops), others are making plans to leave Afghanistan. Both Canada and Denmark pack their bags in 2011, no matter the situation.

Coming up to the 9th year it is about time for the U.K to also announce withdraw. Afghanistan, and global terrorism is a Political and Policing matter not something resolved by armies, invasion and military occupation.