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The Afghanistan Comedy

Posted in Afghanistan, America, Britain, European Union, Islamic Revolution, News, Pakistan, Politics, Taliban, Terrorism with tags , , , , on 28/12/2014 by floroy1942

Today (28/12/2014) the NATO presence in Afghanistan has finally come to an end with some outrageous claims being made during the low-key ceremony held in Kabul.

General John Campbell, the U.S. NATO commander

General John Campbell, the U.S. NATO commander

General John Campbell, the U.S. NATO commander, said in his speech, “Together we have lifted the Afghan people out of the darkness of despair and given them hope for the future. I hope you take great pride in the positive impact you’ve made and will continue to make upon the Afghan people,” He told the gathered troops, “You’ve made Afghanistan stronger and our countries safer.” Seldom have I heard such a load of sanctimonious bullshit!

The event itself was even held in secret for fear of a Taliban attack on the ceremony, so how the hell can they have “made Afghanistan stronger?”

American Casualties

American Casualties

Ever since the war started in 2001 the ISAF has suffered 3,485 deaths, and that’s just the Americans! The British have also lost 453. Additionally, there have been 93 fatalities among troops from the non-NATO contributors to the coalition, Georgia, Australia, Sweden, New Zealand, Finland, Jordan, South Korea and Albania.

Afghan Caualties

Afghan Casualties

The biggest casualties are among the Afghan people, for the war has cost an estimated 174,000 civilian deaths. The annual figures rose to a new high during 2014, with a total of 3,188 deaths in the first ten months of the year. The Afghan Police too suffered heavily in the last year with an estimated 4,600 deaths over the same period.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid said, “The US and NATO mission was an absolute failure as today’s ceremony shows. They are fleeing from Afghanistan. They have not reached their goals in defeating the Afghan mujahideen, but they are keeping some forces here to reach their vicious aims.”

Taliban

Taliban

Admittedly, since ISAF went into Afghanistan the Taliban have had their wings clipped, but after 13 years of war they are still a potent fighting force that in my view, may well end up controlling the country again within a couple of years.

At the ceremony, control was officially handed over to the Afghan Forces which number around 350,000, but as we have seen in Iraq, numbers don’t say very much. Who is to say we will not see the Afghan soldiers running away every time the Taliban attack?

So far as the NATO Forces involvement is concerned, the whole exercise has basically been for nothing, for not much has really changed in Afghanistan.

British Soldiers On the Battlefront

British Soldiers On the Battlefront

Had ISAF gone into the country in 2001 with the express purpose of destroying the Taliban totally, the war would have been over in half the time and the Afghan people would now be safe. As it is, not a lot has been achieved.

I believe the commanders made half-hearted, uncoördinated attacks against the Taliban which in effect achieved very little, for they are still a strong and effective force within the country. Now they are just waiting for the bulk of the foreign forces to leave before making their attempt to take over again.

The Afghan Army is in my view not a force that can be relied on, which does not bode well for the country’s future. But I hope I am wrong, for the sake of the Afghan people.

Pakistani Troops Fight The Taliban In The NW Province

Pakistani Troops Fight The Taliban In The NW Province

When the Americans and British made their sweep of the southern provinces a couple of years back in an effort to wipe out the Taliban forces, they were stupid enough to leave the back door open i.e. the border with Pakistan. As you would expect, the militants just crossed over until the troops left and then came back. Some months later the Pakistan Army made a half-hearted attempt to clear their North-West Provinces on the border and the reverse happened.

It makes basic common sense to me that if the two attacks had been coordinated to occur at the same time, the Taliban would have had nowhere to hide and the whole action could have resulted in a major victory. As it is, the whole exercise was a waste of time.

Afghan Army - We Have Yet To See if They Can Fight

Afghan Army – We Have Yet To See if They Can Fight

What saddens me the most is that all the casualties incurred during the war were basically for nothing, because little has been achieved. Now the troops are coming home, leaving a few behind to act as instructors to the Afghan Army. An Army which has yet to prove it has the guts to fight and win against the Taliban.

Roy.

Some Never Get Paid For Their Sacrifice

Posted in Afghanistan, America, Australia, Britain, Canada, Equality, Human Rights, Immigrants, MP's, News with tags , , , , on 06/10/2014 by floroy1942

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Roy.

Tony Blair’s Disgraceful Conduct

Posted in Afghanistan, Britain, England, Government, MP's, News, Parliament, Politics, Royal Air Force, UK with tags , , on 30/09/2014 by floroy1942

I have never liked Tony Blair for what he did to our country, but what I have just seen would surely anger just about anybody. It would appear Blair hitched a ride in an RAF transport plane that was carrying dead servicemen back from Afghanistan when he decided to do some paperwork. He used the coffin, draped in the Union flag, as a footrest.

Not only has he destroyed Great Britain with his Multi-Cultural exercise, but now he has shown a disgraceful lack of respect for a British Serviceman killed in action in Afghanistan, and the flag of our country. If I had been on that plane I would have opened the cargo door and thrown him out.

I hope that every person in the land sees this photo and takes appropriate action.

Roy.

Tony Blair Disrespects A Dead Serviceman and the flag!

Tony Blair Shows Disrespect To A Dead Serviceman And The Flag!

Time To Disband Our Armed Forces?

Posted in Afghanistan, America, Britain, England, European Union, Human Rights, Justice, Terrorism, Terrorists, UK with tags , , , , on 25/10/2013 by floroy1942

We are heading for a situation where Britain cannot send our armed forces into combat in the air, on the seas or the land. Why? Because commanders dare not send an airman, sailor or soldier into a situation where he might get killed or wounded for fear of ending up in court.

This is all the result of taking both the Human Rights Charter and the Health and Safety laws too far, and the rampant ‘compensation culture’ currently prevalent in the United Kingdom today. This has been proven by families making compensation claims against the Ministry of Defense (MoD) for soldiers either wounded or killed in Iraq and Afghanistan who took the MoD to court and won!

Challenger Tank

Challenger Tank

Let me give you some examples: In 2003 a Challenger tank was hit by ‘friendly fire’ and as a result two soldiers died and two more were injured. The two survivors, and the families of the dead men were allowed to sue the MoD for negligence claiming insufficient training of the men. During the case, the families lawyers argued that although their deaths occurred on the battlefield, they did not happen in the “fog of war”, but were related to a decision about equipment made in the UK. My goodness, they were in a tank for crying out loud, what sort of equipment should the MoD have given them?

None of them realized that such an incident is always a possibility in the heat of battle, as has been amply demonstrated in every conflict, including the First and Second World War. Ask the American’s about ‘friendly fire’? They know more about it than anyone else, but it is a factor that all soldiers have to live with in war.

On Patrol

On Patrol

In 2006 two soldiers were killed when their land-rover was blown up by a roadside bomb. While I have the greatest sympathy with the relatives of the two men I find it intolerable that this case was allowed to take place. The families case rested on the fact that the two soldiers were not properly protected from a roadside bomb because their vehicle was insufficient for the job. Perhaps in their minds all our soldiers should go on patrol in a tank?

The MoD tried to get the cases thrown out because of the so-called combat immunity and the incidents did not take place in the UK. The idea of HR and H&S regulations applying to serving soldiers is just too ridiculous for words. It is bad enough that these people got our government to agree that a member of our Armed Forces could not open fire on anyone until they themselves were shot at. So in effect, if you turn a corner and there is an insurgent with his AK47 aimed at you, you cannot defend yourself until he fires first. In most cases that is a certain death sentence, but there again, the family will always be able to claim compensation from the MoD so that’s alright then!

Defusing an I.E.D.

Defusing an I.E.D.

Before anyone starts asking the question, I did my time in the Forces (12 years) and was in the thick of it so let’s not have any ‘holier-than-thou’ comments from the self righteous idiots who don’t even know which end of a rifle the bullet comes out.

Tom Tugendhat, who co-wrote the report said: ‘Over the past decade, legal steps based on the European Convention on Human Rights have undone safeguards Parliament drew up to ensure military commanders have the freedom of manoeuvre to make vital decisions on the ground. The armed forces neither are, nor should be, above or exempt from the law. But, imposing civilian norms on the military is deeply misplaced’. Quite correct Sir!

According to the report, the MoD faced 5,827 claims in 2012-13 and lawyers cost the cash-strapped ministry £36 million a year. That is all coming out of the tax payers pocket, and is money that could be better spent on giving our fighting forces the best equipment.

A Soldier Returns

A Soldier Returns

A litigation lawyer, Martin Day, is reported as saying: ‘We find it very disconcerting that the Government of law and order seem so intent on desecrating the legal system, ignoring the safeguards the law provides for all individuals and continues to act unlawfully through its many departments including the MoD. Greater adherence to the laws, both domestic and international, are the only way in which the MoD’s litigation will decrease’.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond commented: ‘I remain concerned about the challenge to combat immunity arising from recent court judgments. These could make it more difficult for our troops to carry out operations in the future, and they potentially throw open a wide range of military decisions to the uncertainty of litigation. It cannot be right that troops on operations have to put the European Convention on Human Rights ahead of what is operationally vital to protect our national security’.

It does not matter whether its Iraq or Afghanistan or any other, war is war and people get killed. That is what you sign up for when you join the military, and if you and your family can’t take it, then ‘get the hell out of the kitchen’!

Roy.

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