It has been suggested by a leading General that British Forces are struggling to cope on two fronts. Maybe it is best to withdraw from Iraq and concentrate on Afghanistan. I couldn’t agree more.
Iraq was a mistake and will inevitably end in civil war and partition, no matter what the Brits or Americans do. Maybe it would be the lesser evil to let them get on with it sooner rather than later.
The Muslim Problem
In this way, we may just be able to bring the politicians responsible for this tragedy to book while they are still alive, rather than leaving it to historians. However, Afghanistan is a different matter.
Radical Islamic elements will always try to settle here. The vast majority of Muslims are just as peaceful as any other people, but the west would be failing if they didn’t try to stop the radicals at source.
The Long Term Problem
However, the whole radical Islamic threat is not, and has never been, the apocalyptic problem western politicians claim. Yes, 9/11 was a major crime, but we must not let the emotion stifle reality.
As the west’s attention is diverted, Russia’s Putin has been slowly and stealthily building up his position. Even bomber flights have now resumed. And who can blame him when he sees a west who’s forces have changed so much there is nothing left to counter him.
Perhaps this will prove a greater crime than Iraq.
© Anthony North, August 2007
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