25 December 2009

Score

So here we are at Christmas 2009. The harsh reality show has been underway since 2001 so what is the score as we look towards a new year? Well obviously in first position comes the USA with a total of 938, next the United Kingdom with 243, followed by Canada with 134. It has been like a snowball rolling down a hill. With each passing year the numbers increase exponentially.
Of course, I am referring to the horror that is Afghanistan. Those numbers are the death toll - mostly young men with their lives ahead of them. As more money, personnel and resources are pumped in, the casualty figure grows. But nobody is telling us about the killing of "insurgents" or those who are classified as "Taliban" fighters. We ought to know but is anyone counting and why is Taliban strength growing instead of weakening?
Ask the man or woman in the street why we are in Afghanistan and they will be hard-pressed to answer. It's something about preventing terrorism - but is this the way to go about it? And what guarantee have we got that all this investment, all this killing, all this hurt will ever achieve the desired aim. Talking, hands of friendship, agreement, mutual understanding - surely that should be the way ahead. Jaw jaw, not war war.
I have said it before and I'll say it again - BRING OUR BROTHERS HOME! More of us should be saying it. How many more coffins and body bags before Christmas 2010? Have we learnt nothing?
STOP PRESS Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (23) suffered third degree burns when he attempted to blow up a Christmas Day Delta flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. Oh dear! Personally, I would be all for executing this pathetic excuse for a human being after pouring vinegar over his burns. Endangering the lives of a plane load of innocent civilian passengers is both heinous and cowardly. But what has this got to do with Afghanistan? Should we send troops in to Nigeria or perhaps London where the evil creature was an engineering student? It will be interesting to see, as the days pass by, whether or not he had ever been to Afghanistan. Even if he had been there, his thwarted attempt at mass murder proves that air terrorism is an international phenomenon which knows no borders. Killing the "Taliban" and innocent Afghan citizens could surely never have stopped Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for your observations, I wholeheartedly agree.

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  2. No easy answers for sure. Leaving would insure the collapse of any semblance of a civilization there and thuggery would no doubt rule. Women would once again be forbidden education. Tribal wars will resume as they always have. I doubt they keep count of the number murdered either.

    I have six friends who have or are serving there, all did multiple tours. Their descriptions are shocking and none seem hopeful of resolution anytime soon. The culture is ancient and unlikely to change. A small minority willing to inflict savage violence on innocents will not negotiate or bow to majority rule.

    The troops have an impossible job. I don't believe it is worth putting them in harms way. We are being attacked and will continue to be attacked ("underwear bomber and the Ft. Hood massacre) regardless of our presence on their soil. It may hinder them in the short term but eventually the amplitude of the violence they export will increase especially given the incredulous "western" view of their society. The evil will flourish in the shade of denial.

    I say bring them home, institute measures that mitigate our risk without surrendering our liberties (we've given up WAY too much already in the name of making us "safe") and find ways to empower and educate the peaceful majority. I believe a free and peaceful nation must be established from within, it cannot be imposed upon them.

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