On the day that Labour MP, Eric Joyce, resigned his job as parliamentary aide to the Defence Secretary, our Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has decided to try to convince us all that things are really going well in Afghanistan.
Mr Joyce, a former army major, said last night in his letter to the PM:
“I do not think the public will accept for much longer that our losses can be justified by simply referring to the risk of greater terrorism on our streets. Nor do I think we can continue with the present level of uncertainty about the future of our deployment in Afghanistan.”
The PM said today that we need to train Afghan troops with more urgency to allow us to hand over control to them sooner rather than later.
He also said that the tactics of the Taliban had changed from a head-on military conflict to guerrilla warfare using explosive devices – 1,000 of which had been dismantled this summer.
Hello….!! isn’t that what ‘terrorists’ do?
Probably the most stupid thing the PM said was that there was “nothing more heartbreaking” than meeting the families of those killed, or those who had been seriously injured, while in action in Afghanistan.
Sorry to disappoint you Mr Brown but there certainly is something “more heartbreaking”.
It is to face the reality that your loved ones are returning to the UK in a coffin, after being killed in a conflict that has never been fully justified nor explained and in a country of which most of us have no idea of its location or politics.
Perhaps, Prime Minister, it is time to stop trying to justify the unjustifiable!