the number of people telling us what went wrong in Af is swamping my bed, I would be interested to hear what serious minds would have done instead, apart from not going near the place, that's not an option on this post.
As a pessimist I believe all of the above will be reversed in quick time once we leave and the Taliban are back in charge...sighWe sent the Paras into Helmand and CENTCOM got involved as well . We also failed to set up a permanent HQ.
Other than that, every measure of humanity has improved in Afghanistan in our time their.
Access to healthcare
Or, if we were feeling mischievous, invited the Indians to despatch a Corps to keep the peace....With the benefit of hindsight: gone in heavy, sealed the exits, butchered the Taliban and AQ leadership. Bundled it up in 18 months having sat down with Pindi and agreed a handover of "peacekeeping responsibilities", for it'll be theirs soon anyway.
Better yet if Bill Clinton encouraged the Iranians to invade when they wanted to, the buggers would probably still be stuck there.
I truly believe that as long as we don't forget about the place and keep the support going, we'll see a resurgence of the Taliban in some areas but not the dominant militant truce they were. In my experience afghans don't want a return of Taliban and the TB have also mellowed a bit.As a pessimist I believe all of the above will be reversed in quick time once we leave and the Taliban are back in charge...sigh
Incorrect. The cities were, the rural areas weren't. And as 95% of the population are/have been rural, the rural populations lives haven't been changed much.Turn the clocks back to the 1960's when it was a very liberal and carefree place to live without the religious of government restrictions it enjoys today!
Back then they had one of the biggest female universities in the world, chunning out nurses, doctors and scientists galour.
AA, fair enough. I have only seen/read articles that refer to the cities, and that Afghanistan was part of the tourist trail and was starting to really flourish. Thank you for pointing out the rural aspects.Incorrect. The cities were, the rural areas weren't. And as 95% of the population are/have been rural, the rural populations lives haven't been changed much.
We've fallen into the trap of thinking the westernised city dwellers who left AFG speak for all of Afghanistan.
It's a bit like talking to a Bohemian Parisian about life in France and they'll give the impression that all French people are Bohemian Parisians.
Wasn't having a go. As numerous terps told me and locals I spoke to. TB rule was harsh but no different to what the rural areas were used to.AA, fair enough. I have only seen/read articles that refer to the cities, and that Afghanistan was part of the tourist trail and was starting to really flourish. Thank you for pointing out the rural aspects.
We got involved in a civil war and backed the loosing side.In terms of the future, I hope a lot of thought is going into future force structures and capabilities for Afghan-style operations.
In terms of what would have made a real difference, the obvious one is the denial of safe areas to the insurgents; removing their ability to set the tempo of the conflict, manage attrition rates and regenerate capability.
Unless we were prepared to go into Pakistan as far and for as long as was required, we should have simply turned Afghanistan upside down via the Northern Alliance and left with the promise to return and repeat the process as often as was required for them to behave.
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