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Afghanistan – a just war against the Taliban.


There are people who are becoming opposed to the current work of International Security and Assistance force (ISAF) and particularly the role of British forces in Afghanistan. Because casualties have inreased during Operation Panther’s Claw there is a knee jerk reaction that leads some people to think we should run away from Afghanistan. In other words surrender the Afghan people to the Taliban and we know what that would mean – a bloodbath! a new reign of terror! Those in the “stop the war coalition” need to seriously think as to what the consequences of withdrawal would mean but then do they really care about Afghans let alone our soldiers and airforce personnel who have given their lives or have been severely injured.

Foreign Secretary David Milliband has recently clarified why British military personnel are in Afghanistan. The cause is a good and just cause. We cannot allow the Taliban to terrorize the Afghan people, the Taliban is an assortment of people including not only Afghans but many foreigners. We are acting in coordination with our allies not only on reducing significantly or neutralising the Taliban threat; it is hoped that talks with moderates might help to reach a long term settlement but also helping the Afghan population with construction projects. Operation Panther’s Claw in Helmand province is aimed at helping Afghan participation in the coming elections.

So I would ask those who think we should retreat from our commitment in Afghanistan to think again and think hard as to the consequences. Whilst I remain committed to the Labour Party as a member I place myself as a centrist, one who believes in serving the national interest and ensuring our national security and ensuring Labour has a chance to win elections. This nation cannot afford to listen to pot smoking (though to be fair not all anti war people are) and misguided anti-war ultra leftists who do a great disservice to progressive thought and policies for democratic socialism.

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  1. July 30, 2009 at 12:03

    Nice way to caricature my views there: when you can be grown up enough not to bother with attempts at prejudicing the argument (“run away” “surrender”) I might actually read the rest of the article.

  2. zebrambizi
    July 30, 2009 at 12:33

    You are not forced to read anything! That sort of thing only happens in dictatorships!

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