Total number of British soldiers killed in Afghanistan = 210
This is the Afghan War’s tipping point
Our eight years presence there has been a failure. On drugs, human rights, on pacification, on poverty eradication and on human rights. The cost is human lives has been catastrophic. Today’s confession is a searing blow for those relatives of the fallen who cling to the hope that their love ones died for a successful cause. But it is the authentic voice of an intelligent General who has had the courage to admit that a giant mistake has been made.
I asked David Milliband in July if he had ever talked to the Taliban. He said he has not. Neither have our generals. When people are killing our soldiers, it’s important to ask them why.
Would the Taliban’s answer be?
(a) We are killing them so that when the last British soldier dies we can go and plant bombs in Birmingham and Newport.
(b) We are killing them because they are Ferengi infidels in our country; it is our sacred duty in this Jihad to drive them from our country.
Answer (a) is the preposterous fiction that Government and opposition peddle.
General Mac Crystal should stop the aggressive attacks and the bombings. Our British troops should return to their defended compounds and end the patrols that are killing them. The end game has begun. A peace strategy is under way. We have a duty to avoid further loss of life. Who will be the last person to die for politicians’ failures? A confession from Britain’s two main parties would be cathartic for them. They are inching reluctantly to an exit strategy.
The sooner we reach it, the fewer lives will be lost for no good purpose.
Try to get to this very, very good cause. You will not regret it.