Afghan War Unwinnable
The head of the British Armed Forces has conceded that it is not possible to defeat al-Qaeda in Afghanistan militarily.
General Sir David Richards also admitted that the people of Afghanistan are increasingly feeling frustrated over the UK and NATO’s incapability to implement their commitments after occupying the country nine years after the US-led invasion in 2001.
General Richards told the Daily Telegraph newspaper that the UK need to provide security for its citizens through containing Al-Qaeda instead of trying to defeat Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan militarily.
British politicians and military commanders used to stipulate the necessity to crush al-Qaeda and Taliban in Afghanistan, but they are now forced to admit ‘this bitter fact’ because the death toll of British troops in the country is rising on a daily basis and the UK is grappling with a record budget deficit in its history.
The UK’s most senior military official refers to “this bitter fact” as follows: “There comes a time in every conflict when it is appropriate to negotiate with the enemies. I don’t think we should be worried about it. Such talks would also be part of the problem”.
If the al-Qaeda and Taliban have been unbeatable, Sir Davis has to answer the question “why Britain and its NATO allies did come to the conclusion so far so late after almost 10 years of war and destruction that brought Afghans death and displacement and resulted in the death of hundreds of occupation troops and billions of pounds in losses”.