Wednesday, July 16, 2008

First Afghanistan pull back

US troops abandon Afghan outpost following attack
US troops have pulled out of a remote outpost in northeastern Afghanistan, three days after Taliban militants tried to overrun the base and killed nine US soldiers. Nato played down the significance of the withdrawal, but Taliban militants are sure to claim victory in driving foreign forces out of the wooded valley, close to the Pakistani border. Taliban militants briefly breached the incomplete defences of the newly established base in the Wanat district of Kunar province on Sunday and hours of fierce fighting ensued that killed nine US soldiers and many more insurgents. It was the biggest single loss of life for US forces in Afghanistan since 2005.

No Army has ever been able to occupy Afghanistan, the arrogance of the West to believe we could do it where so many other occupiers have failed is starting to bear fruit. We have not been able to deal with the Opium crops and this has flushed the Taliban and Al Queda forces with cash and they are gathering strength. Invading Afghanistan was ill advised and stupid in the first place, and it’s possible failure in the future is a ruinous tragedy inflicted upon the people of Afghanistan once again by the forces of the West. I wonder why they don’t like us much.