Mission accomplished in Afghanistan, declares David Cameron

“Mission accomplished”!!!!!!!  How can anyone be so crass and blind to the misery and destitution this Western inspired war has caused.  Hundreds (if not thousands) of soldiers killed and tens of thousands of innocent civilians, not to mention the estimated £18 billion (just UK) spent on this senseless conflict.  And for what?  The poppies still grow in Afghanistan.  I’ve adapted John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields” as an inset, appropriate I thought since it is almost 100 years since the start of the first world war.  When will we ever learn?

Poppies grow

Poppies grow

 

Mission Accomplished

Remind us again.
What was the mission
in this twelve-year war of attrition,
the rendition of political myopia?

Remind us again
of the loss of men,
of the billions spent,
of the slaughter of innocent civilians.

We’ve seen it all before,
the misguided justification
for the mission of war …..

In Afghan hills the poppies blow,
opiate tears, row on row,
a darkened place, and in the sky
the drones, missile slinging, fly,
scarce heard among the guns below.
We count the dead; short days ago
they lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
loved and were loved, and now they lie
in Afghan hills.

We struggle to discern the foe.
We thought we knew twelve years ago
when we blundered in, knowing why
so many Afghans had to die.
Now back we creep, still poppies grow
in Afghan hills.

Mission accomplished.

 

16th December 2013 – headline from the Guardian

Notes:  “Mission accomplished in Afghanistan, declares David Cameron.”  David Cameron has declared the mission in Afghanistan will have been accomplished by the time all British troops have been withdrawn at the end of next year despite fears of a surge of violence from the Taliban around next year’s elections.  The prime minister made the bold claim – with echoes of President George Bush’s hubristic triumphalism over the Iraq war – as he visited Camp Bastion, the British base in Helmand province, almost exactly a year before all UK fighting troops are due to be withdrawn from the country.  Cameron’s ‘mission accomplished’ claim drew criticism from Labour as well as some former diplomats who pointed out that the purpose of the mission has frequently changed from removing Al Qaida’s bases, eradicating poppy cultivation, educating girls and helping forge a form of democracy.

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