Leading article: Why we must leave Afghanistan an Opinion from The Independent On Sunday [New poll in England shows 75% of citizens want all troops out within one year]
One by one over the past eight years, the arguments for the continued presence of Nato troops in Afghanistan have fallen away. The last one, which held us back until now from calling for withdrawal, was the need to police the Afghan election in August. That election process is now over: last week the president’s main opponent pulled out, and Hamid Karzai was formally re-elected. That is not a happy outcome. For British soldiers to be deployed in support of a president whose position is bolstered by ballot-rigging tips the balance of our view from reluctant backing for the mission in Afghanistan to regretful opposition.
The Independent on Sunday is proud of Britain’s armed forces, and has led the way in demanding that the Government honour – on behalf of the British people – its side of the military covenant, to provide troops with the equipment that they need and the support that they and their families deserve. On this Remembrance Sunday, we reassert our belief that our forces are entitled, above all, to clear and believable war aims.
…Ultimately, we should make a British decision in the British interest. And that decision should be to wind down combat operations over a period – say, by Remembrance Sunday next year – and to restrict the mission to training the Afghan army and police force. Special forces operations should continue, especially on the Pakistan border, to disrupt any attempt by al-Qa’ida to return. But beyond that it is time to act on the observation of David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, that there can be no military solution in Afghanistan.
It is time, on this solemn day on which we remember the sacrifice of those who gave their lives for our freedom and security, for a change in policy. It is time to say that this war is ill conceived, unwinnable and counterproductive. It is time to start planning a phased withdrawal of British troops. Read the full Opinion here.
Malalai Joya’s story will be at the end of this Post every day. Please buy her book and visit her site.
On Saturday, Nov. 7, Malalai Joya was at a gathering at San Jose State University in California to promote her book “A Woman Among Warlords” and to gather support for her people in Afghanistan. Malalai is a very brave woman to take on her own government and also the U.S. government, the occupiers of her country.
Our story on Malalai Joya can be seen here. Buy a copy of her book, “A Woman Among Warlords” here, or at your favorite bookstore. A great Holiday gift idea. The subtitle is “The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice”. Visit Malalai’s website here for more information on how you can help.
Our story showing Daniel Ellsberg’s interview is being replayed here as it is important for all to view.
Daniel Ellsberg: “No Victory in Afghanistan. Just take the Pentagon Papers and use the word Afghanistan instead of Vietnam, and you have the same thing.” Ellsberg points out that it will take about 600,000 to 700,000 troop increase (Afghan Military and U.S. and NATO troops) to have an effective counterinsurgency in Afghanistan. Ellsberg says that the only reason that we are stil there is the Pipeline from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan and Pakistan. [See our Pipelinestan stories here.] Ellsberg believes that President Obama will cave in to the McCrystal request of 40,000 troops because he will not want the Military to revolt against him. He picked these military leaders, gave them the task of coming up with a “plan”, and now that they did, Pres. Obama is stuck with adding more troops. This will only lead to more deaths on all sides.
[Ed. Note: Please pass this on to all your friends. It is a “MUST SEE”, and see if you can get it up the chain of command to your military friends and government official friends. Send a copy to your members of Congress and U.S. Senators. Demand that they listen to Daniel Ellsberg, the man who is responsible for the Vietnam War ending with the release of the Pentagon Papers]
Final thought: There are people in the know that have information like the Pentagon Papers. Please step forward and End the War(s) NOW. Your country will be grateful.
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