Following comments this weekend by British Ambassador to the United States Sir Nigel Sheinwald, in which he cautioned that it was going to take “decades” more for the war effort to even get to the point where Afghanistan is about to “ward off the return of the Taliban and al-Qaeda,” the government now faces the herculean task of selling that war to the public.
According to preliminary reports, Monday’s defense ministry policy statement will attempt to liken the insurgency to the Ku Klux Klan, and will try to sell the message that only an ongoing war in Asia will prevent terrorist attacks on the streets of Britain. Less clear is if they will try to reconcile this comparison with the historical KKK, which has become virtually irrelevant compared to its influence in the 1920s without an enormous multi-decade military occupation.
What the Labour Party government will attempt to sell the public on, however, is that nearly eight years into the war some sort of lesson has actually been learned that won’t be repeated in the many, many decades of occupation to come.
But with the opposition to the war rising, the war as a political issue has yet to emerge in Britain. Indeed, Opposition Leader David Cameron, widely expected to become the next prime minister, is likewise speaking favorably about escalating the war, declaring that the sooner Britain commits even more troops to the war the sooner it will finish.
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Sir Nigel Sheitwald and his fellow moron Bill Rammell are obviously completely lost for a telling comparison — we Brits joined the Americans in invading Afghanistan and Iraq for no reason at all, and it's like … it's like … I dunno … wait, I've got it … it's like the Ku Klux Klan! That's right Bill, get up those American arses and stay there, what?!
English people don't really have a very firm idea of what the KKK are, so this comparison is only going to earn howls from newspaper people who might actually know a bit of American history, and every other Briton will say, WTF?
Unfortunately, it seems we have the same sort of situation as in Victorian times – a bunch of politicians wanting to be a Great Power, a stupid by-jingo army fed on Kipling (still! it's true, they love it!*), and some Afghans who are rather good at killing Englishmen through force of circumstance. I expect they will kill a lot of our boys, and good luck to them.
*I once stumbled on a UK armed forces chat board, and they were discussing "Tommy" and you know what? They said it was "true". Oh Gawd!
That’s how guerrilla wars tend to work. The locals don’t want to be colonized and will keep fighting until the colonizers leave. The colonizers don’t want to leave and keep making deranged comments about ‘staying the course’, “the white man’s burden”, or ‘fighting them over there instead of over here’. It all ends the same way, but I doubt it’ll take decades before they’re forced out.
The tragic thing about all this is that the Afghans are forced to sacrifice themselves to get rid of the invading pests.
Someone urgently needs to ask Sir Nigel Sheinwald, what [he thinks] the chances are that
the TALIBAN or some other PATRIOTIC indigenous group will obtain one of Pakistan's bombs or some other radiological device and DETONATE it in LONDON ?? It would be nice to see [is he a dual citizen too??] this [J]-ewish NEOCON commit on the RECORD how much RISK that he and his neocon co-religionists and their stooges believe they are SUBJECTING the British People………
It sure isn't THEIR war…… but …as they say……. Politics makes strange bedfellows….and the bush/blare bedfellowship seems to be alive and , well, well in the persons of Brown/Obama……
It seems quite counter intuitive for London to have a [J]-ewish neocon, one would suspect., IsraelFirster former Blaire consigliore as go-between of the aggressors in what is on many if not all LEVELS a RELIGIOUS WAR…………."Killin does Islamofascists" as the KKK and NO DOUBT Nigel Sheinwald would say………Are not these neocons a lot more like the KKK than the [defending their homes] local resistance that the neocons like to call the TALIBAN?? Yeah, no end in sight for the BLIND, no SIGHT at ALL…
Who, knows…after 911….Maybe THEY will BLOW London and pin it on Afghanistan….again!!
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