Dear Editor, The Afghanistan mission goes on and on. Helmand Province, taken in 2001 and lost again, is now involved in yet more fierce fighting with an invisible hand which can melt away into a landscape with which they are intimately familiar.
The terrorist infrastructure in Aghhanistan, if this is the right phrase because fluidity and mobility are its essential features, did of course move on years since deeper into Africa and S.Asia where there are no conventional Western forces tilting at windmills.
So the war in Afghanistan, when seen against a backcloth of international terrorist networks using the internet, is first and foremost a hugely disproportionate use of/waste of resources, attempting a task, a war of ideas, using methods which can easily be avoided by an enemy and thus are inappropriate and likely to fail.
This is a situation worsened by extremes of geography which give terrorists distinct advantages, in a country where governance has no history of democracy but which is riven by a deep-set tribalism.
So what is in fact happening in Afghanistan is strategic nonsense, misusing valuable resources of money and personnel in a conundrum which is pregnant with difficulty. That this nation should recognise the folly of the mission and that we have been largely conned into it in the first place is long long overdue, bringing all forces home within a few months.
Bill Haymes, Norfolk Street, Coventry