This War Has Been Going 10 Years Now - Can We Afford It ?Hi there, sorry to be political -
In the U.K. we are facing serious spending cuts, and I believe a lot of other countries are too ? I was completely against the Iraq War from the outset, and many others agreed. Now that the War in Afghanistan has been rumbling on for so long, I think we all need to look at that, too.
What do you think ? To start the ball rolling, I have written this letter to some newspapers in the U.K. There is a March in London, on 20 November 2010 at 12.00 noon, from famous "Speaker's Corner" at Hyde Park. "Afghanistan - Time To Go ?
Information at : http://www.stopwar.org.uk/ .
Any thoughts much appreciated. If you agree, will you do something to find out more, raise support, contact your friends ... ?
All the best.
[ letter written to U.K. newspapers ]
Dear Letters Editor -
Some of us relatively non-political souls made our very first foray into street demonstrations when the appalling Iraq War decision left us no alternative. As it happens, we numbered millions. Even the U.K. Labour Party Leader now concedes that we were right, and politicians were wrong. We eventually saw sense and pulled out, and are holding the obligatory, expensive, Iraq War Inquiry to "learn from our mistakes."
Now the war in Afghanistan is entering its 10th year. The message is exactly the same, and just as obvious to many. Possibly military force, in the right context, can sometimes succeed in achieving a clear and short-term ob
We can never 'win' in Afghanistan. Indeed, it is far from clear what 'winning' would even mean. The holders of extreme religious-ba
President Obama's 'recruiting sergeant for the Taliban' is not some misguided preacher in the USA. It is the daily opportunity presented to extremists by the NATO Forces - come and fight us.
How many more years of wasting our brave Forces' lives, and expertise, will it take before even politicians see the obvious, again ? Another 10 ? Shall we book the conference facilities for the 'Afghanistan Inquiry' now ?