This is not a knee jerk reaction as, if you are a regular reader of my posts, you will know I have advocated getting out of Afghanistan many times before -
But – Having watched the disturbing story on Panorama, I am so very annoyed that so many service personnel of ours and our allies lost their lives or were badly injured for what?
I’m not against defence and as many of you know, one of my sons served in Bosnia and Iraq, but what were we doing there?
The story varied from removing the poppy fields to “winning hearts and minds” – so what have we actually done?
The culture in that part of the world is so very different to ours that at times it seems as if it is not just the language that is different but the complete mind set.
Nations have been trying to sort out Afghanistan since the turn of the previous century, my grandfather was there in the late 1890s, and since then many have tried and failed, leaving their blood and wrecked machinery in the dust as the only souvenir.
I’m begging the government to get our troops out now – not next year but NOW, because as soon as we turn our backs on them, the taliban will creep back in and dominate the country again. Why waste one more life or injury for this?
Then there was the disturbing paedophilia incidents mentioned in the film and the so-called officers of the national force did nothing! It’s sickening, but apart from dropping an A-bomb on them all there is nothing we can do if they refuse to deal with it themselves. Not that I would like to see an A-bomb dropped, but I hope you get my meaning.
There must be some decent people in the country, but they are too busy protecting their own families and earning a living to stand up to these uniformed monsters, it is has exposed the worst of them and I hope and pray that one day the decent people in that country will have a chance to live safe lives. But it is a change that they need to bring about themselves, primarily by ridding themselves of the corruption.
Our sons and daughters, husbands and wives can do no more there, bring them home and instead of sending money to keep that corrupt government and its minions in power – lets face it as soon as we are gone they will be shaking hands with the taliban – use that money to make sure our injured service personnel do not have to fight for their disability allowances.
The rest of the money can be used to make sure all service personnel have decent living quarters and a good redundancy package.
Afghanistan is our Vietnam, get out of it now!