Today’s Observer adds weight to my belief that the British and Americans have no clear mandate for their roles in Afghanistan.
They have gone from trying to neutralise the threat of Osama Bin Laden and ‘The Taliban’ to helping the Afghans rebuild their country (that we bombarded to smithereens…eight years on and it still hasn’t happened). Next came introducing democracy
helping to put in the stooge government of Karzai in Kabul, and of course by now the naughty Talibans had resurfaced, so they had to be fought again.
Then came the threat of the naughty Talibans from Pakistan, so we had to tell the Pakistanis to launch a full scale war on its NWF populace, making two and a half million civilians homeless in the process.
Now the political aim of Gordon Brown is to promote “an emerging democracy” as its election time yet again in Afghanistan.
Everything concerning the West and Afghanistan has been ill conceived, naive, cack handed and above all handled with supreme levels of arrogance and stupidity.
Gen Stanley McChrystal, the top US general in Afghanistan has called for a revised military strategy, meaning the current one has failed, yet again. He went on to add that ‘while the Afghan situation was serious, success was still achievable.‘
McChrystal now sees protecting the Afghan people against the Taliban as the top priority.
Perhaps he needs to consult his ‘Chrystal’ ball to tell him what to do next…he might as well, they’ve tried everything else.
To give further strength to an earlier piece I wrote, Legitimising Afganistans Elections The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission, which is monitoring the Afghan elections says that of more than 2,100 allegations of wrongdoing during voting and vote-counting, 618 have been deemed serious enough to affect the election’s outcome.
Without realising it, the World’s forces are being bogged down into a long standing, drawn out war of attrition in Afghanistan, one that none of its leaders wanted, or now wish to admit that they have been suckered into.
The Afghan Mujahideen that fought the Soviets in the 1980’s attested to the fact, that they were in a war where they would defeat their Soviet enemy by ‘Death of a thousand cuts’.
Mark Twain once said that history does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.
I see the ‘rhyme’ he describes, the similarities are that we are talking about discretionary wars that are not of great intrinsic value to national security.
Be it Afghanistan or Iraq, these are wars of choice.
The US cannot summon the political will and military strategy for outright victory, however that is defined.
In both cases the ‘enemy’ knows that their job is not to defeat the great superpowers to their every last man, but merely to prolong the war and to break the will of their oppressors.