Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Facebook asks, 'What's on your mind?' Afghanistan!

I belong to Facebook. The Facebook system asks subscribers what's on their minds. Here is my answer posted just now:

"What's on my mind? Why, Afghanistan, of course. News has come via the BBC that two more of our brave soldiers have been killed in that hell-hole today. The total of British deaths is now 354. The killing must stop. Bring our boys home now."

I wrote to my M.P., Mr James Paice, on the 9th of June, 2008 (by which date 100 British soldiers had died 'over there'), as follows:

"The news from Afghanistan of three more British deaths is profoundly saddening and worrying. I recall President Bush (the idiot who can’t even pronounce the word ‘nuclear’ properly) declaring, after what the Americans call "9/11," that he/they/we were ‘gonna smoke him [Osama bin Laden] out.’ I supported the intention of doing that but bin Laden hasn’t been found, let alone been ‘smoked out,’ after nearly seven years. It appears to me that the time has come for us to draw a line under a disaster and to tell Mr Bush that one hundred British lives lost is enough. The British Empire (which I still hanker for) failed to tame the Afghans, the Soviet Empire admitted defeat at their hands and still we think that we can succeed where others failed and fell. If I thought that there was still a possibility of ‘smoking out’ Mr bin Laden, I would support as stoutly as anyone the continuing sacrifices of ourselves and the Americans. But I can’t help thinking that ‘special forces’ might have more success than our armies and that the latter should be withdrawn forthwith."

I wasted my time, for nothing has changed, except that we have lost 254 more of our brave British service-men during the past two and a half-plus years.

This war must be ended and I don't care how it is ended. We and our American allies are on to a loser.

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