The New Era And Afghanistan.
The Americans swapped Bush for Obama, we Brits swapped Snotty's awfulness for a Coalition and David Cameron. It is my belief that neither of these Governments or Nations is as enamoured of the war in Afghanistan as were their predecessors. Thus I regard the current environment as a new era. Like many, though not all, matters the Coalition UK Government have so far done or indicated, I support wholeheartedly. Each MSM mention of "The Government" no longer fills me with dread, as it has so justifiably for the preceding 13 years. No more inadequate and intellectually challenged Ainsworths and Prescotts to fret over.
However Afghanistan and it's death toll continues, if anything, with a greater intensity of fighting and a growing, eerie and inevitable repetition of The Russian and previous historical campaigns, in this blighted land.
It is fair to remember that both leaders inherited this conflict but it is now up to them to change course dramatically. I am certain talks are already clandestinely happening and bribes getting ever more large and enticing. Yet none of this will be made public for fear of the outcry that would ensue. This is wrong. The Taliban must be brought, via diplomacy and incentive, to the table, with up front funding sweeteners. These would never match the cost in money and lives this wretched conflict is costing. Sadly, too many vested interests in prosecuting this war are hell bent on preventing this. Many such individuals are at the heart of Government and their siren voices are the ones listened to and followed. Palpably not yours or mine. It really is time for the "new" era to stand up and be counted by bringing this heartache to a conclusion. As bad as The BP disaster is, it is of naught compared to this one. http://sites.google.com/site/afghanholocaustafghangenocide/un-population-division
The link discusses millions of non-violent but causal deaths from the war. Then there are over 1000 US troop losses, rapidly approaching 300 plus UK soldiers and many more coalition forces killed. Then there are the young lives cruelly ruined through terrible injuries. It is just not good enough for our new and able defense minister to say this very morning, "The Government will not lose our nerve in fighting The Afghanistan war despite budgetary and political pressures."
I am still to see any evidence of how this war is benefiting the safety of our streets or our way of life. Quite the opposite as Pakistan seek to de-stabilise India via Taliban support. We must get out and stop being ineffectual policemen to a 13th century culture. I await the PM's address to Parliament this afternoon with interest.