And we are in Afghanistan why?
Grim Rudd warns it will get worse
Faced with its fourth soldier killed in Afghanistan and a new Coalition strategy that has yet to prove itself in an increasingly bloody war, Australia has warned that it offers no blank cheque for continued commitment against the Taleban. As Nato officials met in Ottawa, Canada, to discuss future plans, and Afghan President Hamid Karzai recovered from an assassination attempt in Kabul, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd also disclosed that Australian diplomacy had been struggling to keep the Netherlands and Canada engaged in the southern part of the country.
And maybe it’s a good time to ask exactly why we are in Afghanistan again? Let’s see, excuses to be involved in a war, we are hunting Osama Bin Laden, we are fighting the Taliban because they didn’t hand over Osama Bin Laden, now we are fighting for Women’s rights, we are fighting for democracy by propping up some of the old warlords, we are there to win VC medals for bravery etc etc etc. Aren’t we walking the exact same walk that wiped out the British Empire and the Soviet Empire when they invaded Afghanistan? Wasn’t the last person to hold Afghanistan for any period of time Alexander the Great? Is George W Bush the strategic equivalent to Alexander the Great? Does anyone think we may have won if America hadn’t decided to invade Iraq based on a pack of lies that has ended up making us less secure? How come the right wing in this country who brayed like whores for us to go to war are so quiet now? Isn’t it time for some people to accept this was a bad idea and that the choice we face is the very same the West faced in Vietnam – you either lose a little or you lose a lot.