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It’s an unbearably sad picture.

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An unwitting British soldier who posed for a photograph with a rogue Afghan policeman was shot dead by him seconds later. Corporal Brent McCarthy, 25, is pictured with a member of the Afghan Uniformed Police just moments before the shooting. After the snap was taken the gunman and another accomplice turned their weapons on the RAF policeman.

Another murdered British soldier at the hands of the scum that infest Afghanistan. How tragic and what a waste. WHY are we still in this hell hole? I note the silence from President Karzai and his corruptocrat administration.
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29 thoughts on “PICTURE THIS…

  1. we should all be out of that country except for the occasional drone strike to kill terrorists.

  2. The best elements of the Afghans simply can not muster sufficient will to overcome their worst elements. As such, efforts to support a modern society there sees to be casting seeds upon barren rock. I don’t know if abandoning the place immediately and entirely is the answer, but it certainly warrants further discussion.

  3. //It’s an unbearably sad picture.//

    Maybe it would be if I could only make head of tail of it.

    Is the “RAF policeman.” supposed to be the guy on the left? He looks more like some extra out of Pirates of the Carribean.

    And the guy on the right, is that the Afghan Uniformed Policeman? Strangely without a uniform, and he has clearly just pissed in his pants by the look of it.
    And how come that dude right behind the – I presume – attacker didn’t do anything?

    As for the military presence in Afgh., I’d say it’s a case of if you don’t know the rules, don’t get involved in the game. When one side of a conflict has infinitely superior technology and resources, the other will resort to subterfuge. That’s the way it is in almost all large conflicts at the moment, so it looks like we’d better get used to it.

  4. Maybe it would be if I could only make head of tail of it.

    Let me help you out. Yes, the taller guy standing on the left of the picture in uniform is an RAF policeman, as is the guy in uniform sitting behind him. The guy standing to the right of the picture is the so-called ‘policeman’. After this picture was taken he, and an accomplice shot the two pictured RAF guys dead and the Afghan in the picture was himself shot dead by another guardsman (hooray).

    I don’t know why the Afghan guy has pissed in his pants, perhaps it is the anticipation of killing infidels, or perhaps he is just excited at the thought of those 72 perpetual virgins he thinks are a few minutes away.

    It is not hard to see how easy it must be for the troops to let their guard down in their own compound, as every moment outside it they are anticipating being blown up or shot at.

    As you say, without understanding the culture they were entering, it was unbelievably nieve of the western leaders to enter into this eleven years ongoing disaster. The leftist notion that our apparent good intentions will win the heart and minds of the Afghans is simply a fatal tactical error that our leaders still seem to have no clue about.

    We could go there, feed all their babies and bring their dead puppies back to life and they would still sneak up from behind and kill us. That is the nature of Islam and I do not see it changing any time soon.

    I hope the west understand this before it is too late.

  5. Karzai is not an ally. He is a 10 percent skimmer of contracts, at best. There are no real allies in Pakistan or Afghanistan.

    Afghanistan is a disaster with a disastrous Pashtun and other tribal culture, and the future will be nearly as grim as the horrific past.

    Brent McCarthy, RIP.

  6. “It is not hard to see how easy it must be for the troops to let their guard down in their own compound, as every moment outside it they are anticipating being blown up or shot at.”

    With so much corruption and infiltration of the Afghan ‘police’ by unknown, dodgy and dangerous types, I’d consider it just as potentially dangerous inside the walls and just as important to keep your wits about you there.

    I see they’ve swapped weapons for the photo. Corporal McCarthy is holding the AK, the Afhan has the British SA80 rifle. I’d have emptied the chamber and replaced the magazine with an empty one before letting him get his hands on it.

    In the end they’re all cannon-fodder. If British politicians had their necks on the line, or if their sons and daughters were being shot by locals we’d have been out of there years ago.

  7. “The best elements of the Afghans simply can not muster sufficient will to overcome their worst elements. As such, efforts to support a modern society there sees to be casting seeds upon barren rock. I don’t know if abandoning the place immediately and entirely is the answer, but it certainly warrants further discussion.”

    Spoken like a true liberal “love’em all”,ignorant and apologetic well meaning white (Irish)European who has made it good in the New World, (but doesn’t want to lose sight of his downtrodden roots) fence sitter….
    Some things never change.

  8. Seen from an Afghan perspective, there are foreign invaders in their land who have been there for longer than the duration of WW2. If the “scum” in Afghanistan are the people who live there, wtf are our troops doing there anyway?

  9. Agit — It is great to see you back here. You’ve been missed. Hope everything is well with you and your good wife.

  10. I have to admit to joining a few other blogs where my literary skills and religious beliefs have been just as appreciated as they ever were at ATW… 🙂

    I have kept my eye on you lot and the downward trend in blogging since I left. 😉
    Sad to see that the Irish bi-ish (bias) remains and that DV’s skill in Pavlovian manipulation remains as effective as ever it was.

    The gradual economic and social disintegration of “America the Beautiful” remains of no interest to most here; even when one of Obama’s placemen proclaims America as an Islamic State, and the reclaiming of Republic of Ireland as one of the original Islamic caliphates….
    So okay that last bit was a bit tongue in cheek.

    I wish you all well,
    and a pot of emollient ointment is on its way to soothe Mahon’s butt cheeks.
    Which must surely be extremely sore from all that anguished white Irish ancestry (my people too have experienced oppression at the hands of the bloody English -so I feel your pain- and by the way, I have quasi Catholic Messianic qualities so please feel free to adore Me) liberal fence sitting..
    Bye for now.

  11. Petr,
    Just burnt a delicate part of my anatomy with the steam iron.
    I don’t mind when Mrs Agit8ed does it, but it ain’t so stimulating when you’re ironing blooomers…
    I take it that you too are well?

  12. Agit8ed,

    Good to see you back on the team!

    I hope all is well with you and yours! – do I detect a slight difference in style? – perhaps swimming in those other pools has shrunk your cossy! Anyway, good to see you back…

  13. The Taliban are broadly unpopular in Afganistan.

    The usual ” occupation ” slogans can be set aside if we really wish to think about this.

  14. “Agit8ed- Thanks for staying away for so long, try it again!”!

    Har Har!
    I rather think I did better than a certain someone who said he was going, but then realised he had nowhere to go to….

  15. Good point Mahons. We did indeed go in to defeat a hated enemy, but it seems we just ‘outstayed’ our welcome.

    Perspicacious observations from Pete Moore.

  16. Mahons

    Henry94- If you liberate someone’s country might you expect to be shot?

    I remember a great song from the Vietnam War era. It was called Lyndon Johnson Told the Nation and the last line of the chorus was Saving Vietnam from the Vietnamese.

    Nearly 50 years later and people think they will have more luck saving Afghanistan from the Afghans?

  17. Henry – You think the Afghans deserve rule by the Taliban?

    Agit8ed – I hope your physical health is better than your mental health.

  18. Mahons

    Henry – You think the Afghans deserve rule by the Taliban?

    Personally I’d want to see them ruled by pragmatic centrists like myself but I’d like the same for Saudi Arabia and I don’t see anyone invading there. What we might like and what is possible is not always the same. Bringing liberal democracy to Muslim fundamentalists is a bit like trying to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and irritates the pig.

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