I dont know what to make of the governments decision to try and strike a peace deal wth the Taliban in Afghanistan.
What's your opinion?
I could understand the decision if it had been the Taliban who had made the appeal for appeasment , but that appears to not be the case. The government state they would like to do a peace deal similar to what was done in Ireland.
In my book what this really means is that the government is prepared to repeat what they did in Ireland, and pay large amounts of money to some selective terrorists and individuals (many are now MP's and ministers) in order to achieve a so called peace. The monies (or bribes) are considerably less than what it would cost to purchase the needed helicopters, and equipment to maintain or to even expand our war effort in Afghanistan, therefore the government will save very large amounts of money indeed.
Many people may ask... what's wrong with that!. Well... with the utmost respect to those who have needlessly lost their lives in this conflict, I think that such a move at this time sends a message out to the world that Britain is now totally unwilling to finance its armed forces, and will give up when troops are lost.
Most members on this forum know that I have always supported our troops and as a ex-serviceman myself I always will at every chance I get, purely for the reason that because they volunteer, it prevents my sons or your family members having to be conscripted in their place.
The fact is they are doing a job that in reality very few young men in the UK today would even have the courage and guts to do.
While I would normally welcome anything that saves another of our UK parents from losing a loved one, and ultimately would always prefer a diplomatic solution to any conflict rather than the sacrifice of more lives being lost. I believe over time, the price we shall ultimately pay by showing that we are not prepared to finance or are not prepared to suffer losses in any conflict that we commit our troops, will result in irrepairable damage to the UK's reputation in the world, as we have never seen before.
A well known general once said at a dinner speech, that there are 3 things you need to learn in the army.
1: if it does'nt move.. Paint it!
2. Never go to war with Russia
3. Never go to war with Afghanistan (yes I know its not the Afghan government/or people we are fighting before someone states the obvious)
This government took us into this un-necessary conflict in both Iraq and Afghanistan based on a total pack of lies, despite what they claim, it has not made this country a safer place, quite the opposite IMO, and now after committing the country, resulting in the needless loss of many of our brave young men, they send out this message to the world, 'basically that we give up and wish to seek peace'. Its sent the message out that we are not prepared to finance our forces and make a proper definative commitment.
I truly feel sorry for those guys still out there, and even more so for those 20 who have been killed this month, I can only imagine what their thoughts are on our brilliant government's latest decision. This government chose this route! and this is how they resolve it!
Ultimately it will have to be resolved diplomatically but this is not the time to show we are not prepared to take casualties or prepared to finance the conflicts we get involved in.
You cannot keep buying people off, there are still issues in Ireland, it's a purchased peace thats about as solid as jelly, and doing the same in Afghanistan (at this time) is not the correct route.
Much better to have not rushed in.... dont you think! Time we had some politicians with some brains, because we certainly have had none for a very long time.