“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?
|Remind us again.
What was the mission
in this twelve-year war of attrition,
the rendition of political myopia?
Remind us again
We’ve seen it all before,
In Afghan hills the poppies blow,
We struggle to discern the foe.
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Cameron has declared the mission in Afghanistan will have been accomplished by the time all British troops have been withdrawn at the end of next year despite fears of a surge of violence from the Taliban around next year’s elections.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Camp Bastion, the British base in Helmand province, almost exactly a year before all UK fighting troops are due to be withdrawn from the country.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.
- It isn’t ‘mission accomplished’ in Afghanistan, says former ambassador after David Cameron’s remark (standard.co.uk)
- Mission accomplished in Afghanistan, declares David Cameron (theguardian.com)
- Afghan ‘mission accomplished’: Cameron’s hostage to fortune (theweek.co.uk)
- Mission accomplished in Afghanistan, declares David Cameron (alrasub.com)