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July 29, 2010

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HuwOS

"I thought that the argument for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan was based on the assumption that it's impossible to control it by military means?"

It's like the argument against torture DG.

There's the overall moral reason for stopping or even the possibility of not starting doing something evil, then for those with no morals there's the practical reasons,
eg. torture doesn't work and Afghanistan is actually impossible to control militarily.

Unfortunately for the immoral fantasists, their policies tend to be based on the hope that with this little tweak or that little tweak then it will work.
Torture will work if we don't call it torture.
Torture will work if we get other countries to do it.
Occupation will work if we bribe the Afghans.
Occupation will work if we get brown skinned people to do it.

Paul Flynn

Alarming evidence today of a five fold increase of instances where limbs were blown off. When will we get regular news on the serious injuries?

D.G.

"Withdrawal of the kind meant here, is the aggressors keep control but don't risk their own to do it."

I thought that the argument for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan was based on the assumption that it's impossible to control it by military means?

HuwOS

The British Empire was the example all wish to follow with the absolute minimum of risk and expense for the maximum reward.
Withdrawal of the kind meant here, is the aggressors keep control but don't risk their own to do it.
As with the US's heavy use of mercenaries, the British are falling back on their traditional use of cheap and invariably non white skinned people who, if they are maimed or killed are not British soldiers.
Their injuries or deaths will mean no more to us than the injuries and deaths of the populace of the countries we rape and thieve from and of course if they misbehave and do anything even the lazy perceive to be nasty, well they aren't British soldiers, are they old chap?

Chalk another one up to the traditional order of things.
White man's burden and all that.

DG

"Tonga's government has agreed to deploy 275 soldiers to Afghanistan over the next two years. They will help guard the British garrison of Camp Bastion in Helmand Province."

At the risk of raising more derision from the regulars... I don't understand this. If Britain is arranging - and paying - for the deployment of more troops, how is that an exit strategy? Looks more like outsourcing.

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A report here from the Guardian about an American company in Helmand.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2010/jul/29/afghanistan-war-us-military

The resistance is able to slow the advance of NATO with mines or IEDs as the Pentagon calls them. The risk these soldiers have to live with is the regular incidents of their comrades stepping on a mine and having their legs blown off.

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