Very upsetting in that the Afghan government appears to be suggesting that Britain is only there to avenge our ancestors. Fails to take into account the fact that we've lost good service personnel over there, fighting to try and stabilise a province for the Afghans.
It's exceedingly disheartening to hear this view being expounded and supported by the government of Afghanistan - makes you wonder, why bother?
Which is rather strange considering the majority of Afghans that pop up on the news seem to have little fear of British troops. Plenty of news stories have shown villagers seeking out troops for medical atention/protest etc. Weird behaviour if they really thought the British where after some sort of missdirected revenge upon the local populace.
Sounds like silly political gesturing to me. On the other hand (apart from 4 fingers and a thumb) they do seem to think very differently to us so you never know.
Just going by what the story says, which is bad drills in itself, but if hypothetically the Afghan government did move to have the Brits either seriously curtailed or outright removed, what would be the reaction in A) Britain, and B) On the ground in Afghan, from Soldiers and Afghans alike?
It almost certainly won't happen. They can't be that stupid.
Well, the amount of people that thanked us for the work we did while i was in Afghan over the summer might disagree with this report.
Especially the village we went to where the locals were telling us how the taliban had tied one guy to a tree and threatened to kill him for talking to us.
Or the guy who took 20 minutes to convince to take $100 as payment when we kicked the door of his compound in in the middle of the night, because as he said "You are here to help us, we should be paying you" (or words to that effect.
Or all the locals who have reecieved medical care (especially when the taliban attack the place where the care is being given).
Although this might be the feelign in the parliment i doubt the people of helmand would be happy to see us go and watch the taliban return.
Although it is entirely possible that the locals we spoke to only said these things because we were there and when the Taliban are about side with them, it's hard to say.