Dear Sir, Enough is enough in Afghanistan. Fighting a war against these modern day insurgents is no different to the misplaced reasons we fought wars in the same region against similar insurgents during the days of Empire in the 19th Century.
These insurgents are just like those the Americans fought in Vietnam or even like those the British fought in America of all places during the War of Independence. These insurgents duck, dive and hide and where they seem to be is not always where they actually are. They wear down the enemy to such an extent that it becomes a battle of wits rather than a battle over hearts and minds.
Not one more soldier’s life is worth the campaign in Afghanistan and it is up to those military and political leaders involved in operations in this region to reassess our reasons for being there ASAP.
For Bob Ainsworth the Defence Minister to keep saying that the Taliban are losing is not good enough. Losing a war or winning a war was the main focus of past Wars like WWI and WWII, but in 21st Century Britain it is not the case.
In today’s world it is more important to have the backing of the population to all wars in a far off lands.
When the people of a country start seeing their soldiers dying at a greater rate or being flown home for burial at a faster rate, as we are seeing now, the backing for a continuation of war starts to wain and the people begin to doubt the reasons for being involved in that war altogether.
Then and only then is it time for our lords and masters to review the situation and perhaps even withdraw altogether from that theatre of war. That I feel is what should be considered now in Afghanistan.