Afghanistan – Its Time To Go
12th March 2012
Is it time to leave Afghanistan? Does it make sense to stay until the current timetable of the end of 2012 and spend more money and wasted deaths in the Military? Most experts think that after the 2012 pullout it will be a matter of weeks or even a few months before the Government collapses and there is again chaos and most likely the Taliban will be in charge. So why stay?
Soldiers from NATO and other countries like Australia (ISAF) are getting their soldiers killed for what amounts to a complete waste. Money is being spent to hold up a corrupt and unpopular Government. Those in the Afghan Government have most likely squirreled away millions of dollars overseas and have an exit strategy after Western forces leave – just like rats leaving a sinking ship.
The excuse to stay was keeping the terrorist out, but where have all the attacks come from since the collapse and expulsion of the Taliban in 2001? Pakistan! Bin Laden is dead, the Al Qaeda leadership is decimated, and drone strikes and special forces can keep Afghanistan relatively free from what happened before 9/11.
Last week six UK soldiers aged between 19 and 22 died in a single act of violence when their vehicle was blown up – the population in the UK is now asking why are they there, why don’t they pullout now and a large majority wants their soldiers home as they believe it is a waste of life and money.
A coupe of weeks before US forces burned the Qur’an setting off demonstrations and shootings of US forces and advisers who are actually helping in Government departments and the Afghan National Police. You see they (the Afghans) don’t care or like the West being there. The Afghan National Police and Army are riddled with the Taliban. They think the book is more important than peoples lives. This country is still in the 4th century and will remain so no matter what anyone does.
Then of course a day ago a U soldier casually walked outside his base and went through a village shooting men women and children. Overall sixteen were killed. The repercussions haven’t even started yet. The US commander has apologized, so has the US President, and it is most likely the US soldier that did this will be tried in the US and sentenced to prison. But that wont make the Afghans happy. They are still in the middle ages and what they would like is ‘revenge’ on the soldier, but you will see it taken out on any Westerner there. Why did the soldier do it? Maybe he knew that if he did this, this act would push or cross the line and it would be all over for the NATO mission in Afghanistan. Maybe by sacrificing himself he thought he could bring a quick end to this and save other soldiers lives (and the money wasted). Time will tell.
So, lets get out of Afghanistan now!