Saturday, February 02, 2008

Failure in Afghanistan

Following on from looking at the colossal cluster-fu*k that is Iraq, it seems Afghanistan is also on the side. NATO are arguing about who should send troops to die in the doomed enterprise and three (yes THREE) recent reports have sounded the alarm;

Three independent reports have concluded this month that a major new effort is needed to succeed in Afghanistan. These reports – by the Afghanistan Study Group, established by the Center for the Study of the Presidency following the Iraq Study Group; the Strategic Advisors Group of the Atlantic Council of the United States; and the National Defense University – concur that without prompt actions by the U.S. and its allies, the mission in Afghanistan may fail – causing severe consequences to U.S. strategic interests worldwide, including the war on terrorism and the future of NATO. The U.S. cannot afford to let Afghanistan continue to be the neglected, or forgotten, war.

But for me, the real sign of failure is the continued human-wreckage that strews this so-called democratic project; death sentences for journalists, clamping down on media freedom and starving Afghans selling girl as young as eight as brides.

PS. In the midst of the chaos of Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine - where is one of the architects of this misery? Bliar is busy trying to get more power.
Why the hell would anyone consider this man to run anything beyond a defence in his own war crimes trial is beyond me.

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