Total number of UK soldiers killed in Afghanistan = 424
Bald brief announcements tonight were sandwiched between the death of a child and the Olympic triumphs. Tomorrow the names of the soldiers will be announced-again briefly. It is unlikely that the soldiers' return to the UK will be reported. The previous route through Wotton Basett is now diverted down deserted country lanes. This is the war the Government want to forget.
They console themselves with delusions. They tell themselves that it will end peacefully and everyone will live happily ever after. The truth is buried in their world. They believe that the Afghan soldiers and police will be pleased to put their lives at risk to serve their election-rigging president and that they will slaughter their brother Afghans in the service of a foreign state. Hardly noticed in the desertions to the Taliban in past two weeks of two groups of Afghan Police. They took their weapons and equipment with them.
There is private fretting that in a few years time the Taliban will be back driving NATO vehicles around Kabul. The only task politicians see now is how they will weave an end to the war that they can spin as a victory for their own reputations.
Meanwhile, soldiers die and politicians lie.