speaking of afghanistan- General Sir Michael Rose, who led the SAS and British forces in Bosnia, said recently that with Nato's present resources and strategy "we simply cannot win". The MOD also states that unless Britain chose between Iraq or Afghanistan it risked failure in both. So does the reality of the present 'double stretch' situation sink in. will the reality of the future outcome force an immediate change of heart. Do they keep on trying even though the wisdom and experience says otherwise. yes these men are all heroes, yes they are our nations gold. Our few remaining national treasures. How will they be repaid for not reasoning why just do or die. Can we now save them from a certain future fate of struggle against the odds. sure we have the capacity as tough military personnel to fight on against the odds. The voices of greater wisdom can be drowned out by more firepower. Is it right to push the men on. To test their endurance just in case fine men like General Sir Michael Rose have missed some important detail one that only Government officials in suits know of. For the love of God get these men out and accept that ill concieved plans will go astray. Or to quote a much loved army saying. Poor planning and preparation equals a piss poor performance. Or no -drive onwards and see before our eyes the unfolding of a crisis that will etch itself in British history books as a catastrophe on two fronts. Sometimes I feel that I am watching a dog fight between two well trained and highly motivated pit bulls. Both intent on winning. yet I feel a sickness in the pit of my stomach because both of these dogs of war should be seperated by their highly irresponsible owners. Yet to break up this fight will take massive courage and must mean setting pride aside. The fact is the word Taliban means 'the people of Afghanistan. They 'the people' will be like a dog with a bone and if and when we get the bone from their jaws will the world really be a safer place than before. According to senior American Intelligence agency staff 2007 will be worse that 2006 for insurgency attacks.