How long before we learn the lesson of Afghanistan?
The recent troop rotation between British and American forces was agreed some months ago. e UK troops were dying at a significantly higher rate than US troops, so now it's the US troops' turn to pay the "blood price", as Blair called it.
The vital statistics of Afghanistan after 9 years of British involvement, go like this -
Worst infant mortality in the world: Afghanistan
Worst life expectancy in the world: Afghanistan
For those of you conned that we're trying to do some good - It's not working!
We're the enemy!
The greatest single unifying force in Afghanistan, isn't the government, isn't the media, isn't X-Factor, Kabul! - it's the presence of foreign troops on their soil! We are THE enemy. The people know that they have fought off the Russians, 300,000 of them. They know foreign invaders have never held their country. Now for years ordinary people across Afghanistan have been taking up arms against us - or planting bombs - or even joined the ANA and passing weapons to the Resistance, which we almost always call the Taliban, just to keep things simple.
Doubling the UK deaths
It's no surprise then that after record violence this year there has been a massive drop in the repatriation of refugees back into Afghanistan.
The Dead UK forces in Afghanistan now stand at 337. Another 21 deaths and we will have lost TWICE the number that Britain lost in Iraq.
We MUST leave!
Yes - if we leave there's likely to be further violence. But eventually even America will leave - like Russia's 300,000 troops did before it - and like the British Empire did before that! AND at least it won't be our families killing - or dying - or, mark my words, taking their own lives later at home.
And finally, whether we're there or not, the Afghans are fighting for their own country.