Dying on Afghanistan’s plains, and the latest spate in deaths of young British soldiers has, at least, produced a lively debate even among the most brainwashed of the great British public at home. The newspapers have their usual “experts” discussing the situation but it was pleasant to see two of the five so-called “experts” who appeared in today’s ‘Guardian’ making an effort to justify that label and hitting the nail, more or less, on the head, with one female member of the Afghani parliament saying that there should be an effort to erase poverty in her country, an effort to build the infrastructure and an effort to get democratic institutions working. It was, however, a professor from Harvard, a certain Rory Stewart, who caught my eye when he said that, “Afghanistan’s political and strategic significance has been grossly exaggerated” and that those responsible for terrorists attacks in the west could “plan in Hamburg and train at flight schools in Florida; or meet in Bradford and build morale on an adventure training course in Wales?”(1) He is so right and have you ever heard of a Pashtu terrorist blowing himself up? Of course, no need to, when he can stay at home and kill those who are killing his people.
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