I am always concerned when I read people stating that we should withdraw from Afghanistan or when I read about out spineless European allies refusing to send troops to help in Afghanistan because I fear that people don't see the consequences of such actions.
Afghanistan was the most repressive appalling state prior to 2001. Do we remember just how awaful the Taliban were, and they were, in the main, not even Afghans. The Taliban and their al-qua'eda allies were largely from Pakistan or the middle east. Afghans referred to the Taliban as "arabs", which is a term to mean people from west of Iran. Yet we still have people who seem to think that a return to the picture of them destroying the Buddhist statues at Bamiyan , the hangings in the football stadium in Kabul or even the banning of kite flying and music are a good thing ?
The reason highlighted most often for out failure to "win" in Afghanistan is simply a lack of troops and money. The main reason for the lack of troops is a complete lack of will by our so called Nato and mainly European allies to send troops to parts of Afghanistan where they might be shot at. yet do these states realise how many potnetial deaths there might be in Europe should Afghanistan against become a home to terrorist training camps on the scale of 2001 ?
I did not support the war in Iraq because despite the repression there, Iraq was not a sponsor of international terrorism. But Afghanistan was the biggest single factor in the growth of terrorism around the world and we should never forget that.