Obama to send an extra 30,000 troops to Afghanistan and yet this war cannot be won!
A sweeping statement? Maybe but have a look at the so called enemy. The whole structure of the Taliban is different, they don’t have rules of engagement, no distinctive uniforms and life is cheap. The reward is in the next world…
Remember the Russians were here before us leaving behind mountains of hardware and the manufacturing expertise has been handed down through many generations. It is not unusual to finds boys of seven years old manufacturing bullets and maintaining sophisticated weapons. A few are also on the front line. The British Government in its colonial days could never understand the concept of tribalism in Africa and repeatedly tried to install the ‘Westminster Model’ of government. In Uganda we even provided a replica House of Commons in Kampala as a parting gift on that country gaining independence. Within a few months the local politicians were all sitting on the one side as they could not understand the merits of having an opposition.
The same thinking has to be applied to Afghanistan, Corruption is a way of life and has been so for hundreds of years. Gordon Browns call to the new Afghanistan government to cut out corruption is in reality for UK consumption and simply does not take into account how the locals got into politics in the first place! Without corruption and pay offs, few would have been elected and now of course those who facilitated or greased the political route now want their favours returned again and again.
Not the Westminster Model but then what am I saying? The locals only have to look at our MP’s expenses scandal, widely reported and even Gordon Brown had to pay back some of the money…so how on earth can he preach to the new Afghanistan Government about corruption? British Commanders called for an extra 2,000 UK troops. Gordon Brown offers a sticking plaster. 500 troops. The reason? It’s back to support and equipment. It was Gordon Brown after all who cut all the defence budgets during his tenure at the Treasury.
The UK troops are highly professional, disciplined and will operate to the best of their abilities, The troops have to believe in what they are doing and why. It’s just a pity the political classes are playing fast and loose. Perhaps every politician should be required to embed and spend a month on the front line (over the Christmas recess perhaps?).
I guarantee our troops would all be out by February – well before the General Election which is increasingly looking like an event for March and possibly a hung Parliament. Which in Afghanistan terms is the worst of all possible options especially as the threat is really centered on Pakistan – but that is a whole new war waiting to happen and they have nuclear weapons as well! Merry Christmas!