Although I would count myself as a supporter of Craig Murray, I quite often find myself disagreeing with what he has to say. this is not one of those times, so I’m going to repost in full. I especially agree with the last sentence:
The Afghanistan Debacle
Matthew Hoh has resigned from the US State Department and makes some very important points on the Afghan War here. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/video/module.html?mod=0&pkg=29102009&seg=5
I am personally very pleased to hear another government insider, other than myself, make public that it is the Karzai government who ARE the drug warlords – something the mainstream media are in general still very coy about. There is growing evidence that, as so often in the past, the CIA are mixed up in drugs money to further their schemes. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/28/world/asia/28intel.html?_r=1
Gordon Brown’s statement on the tragic death of yet five more British soldiers today is a model of pusillanimity. He talks of “Working with the new Afghan government”. What new Afghan government?
The farce of the Afghan election, and the Western reaction to it, is beyond description. Are Brown and Obama really claiming that Karzai did not know that one third of his votes were fraudulent, that a million false votes were being manufactured? That’s a pretty enormous logistical operation. Yet Karzai is still there, grinning. It’s like catching a man playing poker with seven aces up his sleeve, and then saying “Oh never mind, let’s say you won that hand anyway.”
Democracy is not exactly healthy at home either, where not one of our three main political parties offers a choice to voters – most of them – who want us to pull out of Afghanistan. The argument that fighting in Afghanistan somehow ties down the terrorists who would strike here, when in fact UK terrorists have been mostly home grown as a direct response to our fighting abroad, is still supported by all our faux-patriotic parties. We should bring the soldiers back – and use them to shoot the politicians.