The exotic foreign policy of the United Kingdom at present requires it to keep nine thousand troops in Pakistan. I met a man whose son had made three tours of duty there. He told that the soles of his son’s boots became detached from their uppers in the conditions of Afghanistan. The same happened to many others in the boy’s regiment. The father did what any good father would do – he bought his son some boys.
The son told of times when the soldiers ran out of bullets. The father could not send bullets to Afghanistan. The son told of bad food in the British camps and excellent food in the American camps. The father could but listen. Other soldiers lost their lives because their vehicles were poorly adapted to the kind if war that goes on in Afghanistan. The father could but pray; every post that arrives bring the threat that the son may be recalled to action, to participate in that exotic and futile war.
There will shortly be five hundred fewer British soldiers in Afghanistan, and the government has promised that all British soldiers will leave by 2014. They went ostensibly to prevent terrorism occurring in the United Kingdom and they went on the 7th October 2001. In July 2012, after our troops and those of the United States have been fighting in Afghanistan for nearly eleven years and many lives of soldiers and civilians have been lost we are so fearful of terrorism that the 2012 Olympics due to start shortly, has the largest security presence of any Olympics ever.
Those Olympics are short several thousand security personnel. The solution is obvious. Bring back the troops immediately.