After more than seven years of war in Afghanistan, the British and US governments openly admit that they are no closer to victory than they were when they invaded in 2001.
Promises that the occupation would create a “modern, democratic Afghanistan” were intended to ease the conscience of those who were persuaded, against their better instincts,
that there was something good and noble about this war.
That triumphalist attitude has now been replaced with deep pessimism. Yet Barack Obama and Gordon Brown continue to pour in more soldiers, and to open more fronts.
The results can been seen in the growing number of dead, maimed and injured.
The growing instability of Afghanistan and the spread of war and violence into Pakistan is causing serious problems for the warmongers.
The fear of defeat runs deep in the US establishment. Nothing, not even the strong possibility that this “long war” will drag Afghanistan and Pakistan further into instability, will distract them from this “strategic battle” in the “war on terror”.
The only strategy that can bring peace is an end to the occupation.