Afghanistan

Afghanistan – Pride & Prejudice – Part X

  12th April 2014: “Rory Stewart argues that ‘the ability to recognise failure, and then to reform, is a defining mark of a serious country”. Over the past seven years, the UK has suffered two conspicuous military setbacks. The first came in Basra in 2007, where after four years of post-Saddam occupation our troops withdrew…

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Afghanistan – Pride & Prejudice – Part IX

Part IX of a ten-part series…                 31st December 2012 Emma Graham-Harrison in the Guardian: The only clue that a base that dominated Pashengar village for years had been abandoned for good was the midnight rumble of a convoy of trucks. In the morning, locals found guards gone,…

Afghanistan – Pride & Prejudice – Part VIII

Afghanistan met General Guthrie’s ‘just war’ criteria! Sir John Keegan, military historian, thought ‘orientals’ preferred treachery and deceit as the best ways to overcome an enemy! Veteran Catholic economist donning Neo-Con plummage, Michael Novak, rationalised “that a limited and carefully conducted war to bring about a change of regime in Afghanistan was morally obligatory.” Read…

Afghanistan – pride and prejudice – Part VII [to 30th June 2010]

Part VII of an eight part dossier ———————————————————– Simon Jenkins in The Guardian, 29th June: “We can only wonder how far the rumoured skepticism of the intelligence services towards the Afghanistan operation has been adequately conveyed to ministers. There is scant public evidence of it. To have been party to one dud war is bad…

Afghanistan – pride and prejudice – Part VI [to 31st December 2009]

[Part VI of a multi-part dossier] ———————————————————- Associated Press, 30th Dec 2009: “Separately on Wednesday, NATO questioned Afghan reports that international troops killed 10 civilians, including schoolchildren, in a weekend attack that prompted hundreds of angry Afghan protesters to burn an effigy of U.S. President Barack Obama and chant ‘death’ to America. The head of…

Afghanistan – Pride and Prejudice Part V

Dahr Jamial in Truthout  23rd Sept 2009: “On September 7 the Swedish aid agency Swedish Committee for Afghanistan reported that the previous week US soldiers raided one of its hospitals. According to the director of the aid agency, Anders Fange, troops stormed through both the men’s and women’s wards, where they frantically searched for wounded…

Afghanistan – pride and prejudice – Part IV

Part IV of a multi-part dossier ————————————————————- Mark Tran in the Guardian, 31st August 2009: “The west must change its strategy in order to prevail in Afghanistan, the top US commander in the country said today as he handed over to US and NATO commanders a sweeping review of operations that may lead to a…

Afghanistan -pride and prejudice Part III

Part III of a multi-part dossier ——————————————————— Adrian Hamilton, 30th April 2009, in The Independent: “It’s gang up on Pakistan time.The US Secretary of State, Mrs Clinton, has declared it ‘poses a mortal threat to the security and safety of our country and the world’ and now Gordon Brown has joined the party, flying to…

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Afghanistan – pride and prejudice Part II

Part II of a multi-part dossier Jason Burke in The Observer, 28th September 2008: “The Taliban have been engaged in secret talks about ending the conflict in Afghanistan in a wide-ranging ‘peace process’ sponsored by Saudi Arabia and supported by Britain, The Observer can reveal….This summer’s fighting season in Afghanistan has been the most violent…

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Afghanistan – pride and prejudice – Part I

  Part I of a multi-part dossier ——————————————————– Declan Walsh & Richard Norton Taylor in The Guardian, 29th Feb 2008:”After six years of US-led military support and billions of pounds in aid, security in Afghanistan is “deteriorating” and President Hamid Karzai’s government controls less than a third of the country, America’s top intelligence official has…