The Futility Monster

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What Is Afghanistan For?

Posted by The Futility Monster on July 9, 2009 @ 00:54

Once again - only this dearly departed man asks the right questions...

Once again - only this dearly departed man asks the right questions...

Forgive me a moment for being an old anti-war leftie, but it pleases me that, at last, the continual deaths in Afghanistan have finally been noticed by people.

To me, all deaths in this war are an utter travesty. But I can’t have been the only one to have noticed that in recent times, although each death is reported, it is often little more than a footnote to the news bulletin. From all politicians, no matter which country you pick in the Western world, there is a very cozy consensus around the issue that this is a war we must fight, have no choice in, and therefore all consequences are acceptable.

Each one is always noted in the Commons at PMQs every Wednesday, and is always accompanied with the usual message of defiance – we can’t let the terrorists win, etc. But it is simply taken for granted that the country supports the objectives in Afghanistan, and are willing to make the blood sacrifice that is spilt on a regular basis – even more so in recent days.

However… maybe there is a glimmer of turbulence on the horizon. Today at PMQs, Conservative MP John Maples seemed to suggest his constituents are getting restless about the war. And now we see my party’s dear leader Clegg is starting to get a little worried. And rightly so. We are indeed throwing young lives away in Afghanistan. But, as always, these criticisms are very caged. You’ll note he still supports the war fully.

Yet I am not so convinced, especially after this brutal week, that the public continue to buy this argument that we must remain in Afghanistan until the Taleban are defeated. Personally, I don’t think we are engaged in a war that we will ever win. And the more the news remains bad, the more opposition is likely to build up again over this deployment which, let us not forget, has been going for nearly eight years now with little to no obvious signs of progress.

It really is not clear why we’re in Afghanistan any more. But given recent events, I think the time will come where we see the whole argument being opened up again for discussion.

After such a long time, I think we at least owe our troops that respect: that they are being used for a genuine purpose.

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