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Afghanistan forgotten war is still being fought – MoneyWeek

By admin on 2020年7月16日 in 亚博登录不上

Andthereareconstantcomplaintsaboutthequalityofequipment,saysWilliamRees-MogginTheTimes。

The“snatch”LandRoversthatwereusedinNorthernIreland,forinstance,provideinsufficientprotectionagainstroadsidebombs。

AccordingtoColonelTimCollins,whooversawaregimentinIraq,“theGovernmenthasnotspentenough…ontheAfghanistanoperationbutdoesn’twanttoadmitit”。

ThewiderproblemwiththeUS-ledcoalition’sAfghanistanmissionwasthatwhileittoppledtheTalibangovernmentthatshelteredal-Qaeda,itcommittedtoofewtroopstoensurethattheTalibanwerecomprehensivelydefeated,saystheFT。

Andthankstoalliedrelianceontribalmilitias,theinfluenceoftheelectedpost-wargovernmentbarelyextendsbeyondKabul。

Finally,theIraqcampaignhaswastedcrucialresourcesandequipment。

Still,howeverdifficultthesituationinAfghanistan,it’snothingcomparedtotheintractablemessthatIraqhasbecome。

Withthecountrydescendingintosectarianwar,Iraqiciviliansandsecuritypersonnelwerebeingkilledatarateof120adaybetweenMayandAugust,implying43,000deathsover12months。

Addmorethan22,000Americandeadorwounded,andit’snowonderpeoplearefinallybeginningtoquestiontheGovernment’sinsistencethatIraqisinextricablylinkedtothewaronterror,saysLeonardPittsintheChicagoTribune。

Theyarerealisingthat“theonlyterrorisminIraqisthatwhichwe,byourpresence,havehelpedcreate”。

ThebungledIraqoccupationhasn’tsimplygivenjihadistsacausetoboostrecruitmentandanewarena,saysTheEconomist。

Ithasbeen“anown-goalinthebattleforheartsandminds”。

WhenitemergedthattheweaponsofmassdestructionBushandBlairweresoworriedaboutdidn’texist,Muslimsbegantofeelthattheyhadbeenapretextfortheinvasion,whileretrospectivelyportrayingthewholeenterpriseasanexperimentindemocracy“justmakesMuslimscrosser”。

Youcan’tsimplyinvadeacountryinordertoimposeaformofgovernment。

Inthesamewaythatthejihadists’insisttheirfaithisunderattack–witnesstheLondonbombers’martyrdomvideos–GeorgeBushhasstartedreferringtoawidefrontofIslamicfascists。

YetnoteveryIslamistmovementismotivatedbyal-Qaeda’sdesiretorestorethecaliphate;HamasandHezbollah,forinstance,havelocalaims。

“Theworldmuststillstrivetodestroyal-Qaedaandtheideaitrepresents。

ButithadbetterdosowithcleverermeansthanthoseMr。

Bushhasusedsofar。



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