By David Vance On March 7th, 2012 at 11:33 am
I have the utmost respect for our military whose courage and dedication is humbling. And so it is with sadness that I read that six UK soldiers are missing, believed killed, in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said.
Five from the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment and one from the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment were on patrol on Tuesday when their vehicle was hit by an explosion. The soldiers’ families have been told.
I am unsure as to what “hit by an explosion” actually means, it’s a somewhat curious phrase, but let’s assume they have been murdered by the Taliban, as seems a reasonable guess.
Why are we in still in Afghanistan? Our political leaders seek to place at least some of the Taliban back into the Government of this wretched land. That’s the same Taliban who slaughter are soldiers. I believe that a sense of clear mission objective has long vanished and we are there because we are there. Time to get out – because the harsh reality is that it is not worth a single British (or US) life to remain there as target practise for these savages.
By David Vance On February 29th, 2012 at 7:30 pm
This is quite remarkable, it it is true!
Ina development that could chill the dedication of every soldier in the field, the U.S. government has refused to deny reports by the government of Afghanistan that NATO has agreed to have the soldiers who burned copies of the Quran face trial. Last week, Afghan president Hamid Karzai demanded NATO turn over the U.S. troops to be tried in Afghanistan. President Obama subsequently sent a letter to Karzai reassuring him that the troops involved would be punished for their actions. Part of the three-page letter to Karzai said, “I extend to you and the Afghan people my sincere apologies. We will take the appropriate steps to avoid any recurrence, to include holding accountable those responsible.”
Might the “appropriate steps” involve sending these soldiers - who are guilty of NOTHING unless one has signed up to Sharia Law – for trial in Afghanistan?
By David Vance On February 27th, 2012 at 9:18 am
As you know, it is the desire of the US/EU to bring the Taliban back into the Afghanistan government. So, how are the Taliban these days?
A Taliban suicide car bomber has killed at least nine people and wounded 10 others in an attack at Jalalabad airport in eastern Afghanistan. The insurgents said the bombing was in revenge for a Koran-burning incident at a US air base a week ago.
I seem Yes, what can go wrong with the plan to place the Taliban back in Government. They seem so progressive these days…and if they feel inclined to slaughter some people then surely that is a small price to pay for inclusivity? Then again, we could depart this accursed country and sent in the drones to deal with the Taliban should they ever dare to threaten us…
By Pete Moore On February 23rd, 2012 at 5:21 pm
You know how it goes: Taliban bodies/korans are defiled, top brass attempts to head off blowback with apologies, cue dick-waving comments about how they’re worse, it’s a fuss over nuttin’, bullets in pig fat and oh boo hoo get over it.
The last time it happened four French soldiers were killed by a supposed Afghan colleague apparently riled at Taliban bodies being pissed on, but I suppose they’re just French.
The entirely predictable and predicted blowback has occured again, this time resulting in two American soldiers being gunned down by an Afghan soldier soon after the Taliban called for revenge attacks against Western troops after korans were burned.
Oh boo hoo?
Dick-waving big talk is the privilege of the armchair general. It makes some feel super tough and super patriotic, I suppose. It’s easy when it’s someone else whose life in on the line because a bunch of morons disregard common sense, training and discipline. Yes, the other side are barbarians, but so what? There’s a good reason why effective militaries have always punished ill-discipline and stupidity. It’s because morons get their comrades killed.
By David Vance On February 22nd, 2012 at 9:01 am
Let’s start with the details as known, shall we?
Anti-American demonstrations are under way in the Afghan cities of Kabul and Jalalabad over the burning of copies of the Koran by Nato troops. Shots have been fired in Kabul, where protesters have gathered outside a US military base. On Tuesday, the US commander in Afghanistan, Gen John Allen, apologised after soldiers put copies of the Koran in an incinerator at Bagram airbase.
The charred remains of the books were found by local labourers. Protesters in Kabul shouted, “Death to America!” and threw stones at the main US base in the city. At least four policemen have been injured, reports the BBC’s Andrew North, in Kabul. Witnesses at the protests in Kabul said security guards were firing into the air. There are also reports of people chanting pro-Taliban slogans.”
Leave them to their Koran and Taliban worship. Let them rot in the stew of religious Islamic fundamentalism that they so clearly relish. The time has long past since our military should have left this hell hole. The utter humiliation of witnessing a senior US commander having to apologise to people who happily KILL our soldiers, hang their own when it suits them, and chant death to any who take issue with the Koran (or in this case accidentally burn a few copies) is unbearable. Let’s leave that country NOW but fly our drones in to take out any Taliban/Al Queda presence that might threaten us. Afghanistan is not worth one single US or UK life.
By David Vance On February 21st, 2012 at 8:49 am
The US commander of Nato troops in Afghanistan has apologised over reports that foreign troops had “improperly disposed” of copies of the Koran. In a statement General John R Allen ordered a full investigation. “When we learned of these actions, we immediately intervened and stopped them,” he said. Reports of the alleged Koran burning have led to a large protest outside the US air base at Bagram outside Kabul.
WHY are we still in this accursed country?
By Pete Moore On January 23rd, 2012 at 11:54 am
Well that didn’t take long. All too predictably, actions have consequences:
“An Afghan soldier who shot dead four French troops has said he did it because of a recent video showing US Marines urinating on the dead bodies of Taliban insurgents, security sources said [...]
“In his initial confessions, he said that he was strongly motivated to kill the soldiers when he saw the video of a foreign soldiers urinating on Afghan corpses,” the intelligence source said
Yes, the Taliban do worse, as was often said. Even so, professional soldiers should not mistreat enemy dead. They should not do so for dignity’s sake and their own discipline. Most of all they should not do so because it results in your comrades paying the price. Many excused what the Marines did. Some of it was understandable. A few blowhards talked big about Taliban corpses and pig fat. They have gaps in their history. Some who should know better told others to shut up because war is Hell. Yes it is, as four grieving families are now discovering.
By David Vance On November 28th, 2011 at 9:21 am
Look, this is beyond a joke and we need to GET OUT of Afghamistan, keep the drones flying so we can kill those who may seek to harm us. Why? Well, just consider this;
Taliban fighters are being paid £100 a month to stop attacking British troops in Afghanistan, it was revealed yesterday. Insurgents are given monthly payments and are allowed to keep their deadly AK47s and other rifles under the Nato-approved ‘reintegration’ programme, but have to hand over larger weaponry.
They are also effectively given an amnesty, meaning they will not face trial even if they have attacked and killed British forces, or committed other atrocities, such as the murder of women and children.
I totally disapprove of this folly and quite honestly the mission in Afghanistanhas become increasingly twisted and bent out of all recognisable shape. We went in to remove the Taliban from power as they had facilitated Al Queda and Bin Laden. Ten years on, we are actually PAYING the Taliban not to kill our soldiers and some seek to have them restored to Government. This muddle headed approach only yields dead bodies and moral weakness. There is no coherent vision and no obvious benefit to US in staying there. Get out.
By David Vance On November 27th, 2011 at 10:58 am
This is how low we have now fallen in Afghanistan;
Members of the Taliban who give up their fight are being paid £100 a month and will be allowed to keep their guns in a new initiative to end the insurgency. The “reintegration” programme, which has the full support of Nato, is intended to keep them from attacking troops from the International Stabilisation and Assistance Force (ISAF). Those who have attacked and killed British forces are also effectively given an amnesty, which means they will never be put on trial.
We should leave NOW. This is just embarrassing.
By Pete Moore On November 25th, 2011 at 8:14 pm
It’s just as well kooks and extremists who don’t intend starting endless wars do not direct foreign policy eh? Otherwise we might not have such desirable outcomes as this, reported in the NYT:
The children were from two families and aged between 4 and 12. The reporting is just words on a page of course, but to those families it’s horrifically real. Their children were slaughtered, blown apart, ending up as dismembered, blackened bits of meat. Still, they hate us for our freedoms, as we’ve been told many times.
“I have been to the scene and haven’t found a single bit of evidence of bombs or any other weapons. The Americans did a serious crime against innocent children, they will never ever be forgiven.”
Well, maybe not.