Western armies lose no matter how big and well-equipped they are because the insurgents are fighting on home ground. – Gwynne Dyer
I will never kneel before such a destructive force (as the Taliban),” declared Ashraf Ghani, the soon-to-be ex-president of Afghanistan. “We will either sit knee-to-knee for real negotiations at the table, or break their knees on the battlefield.” Good luck with that, Ashraf.
General Sami Sadat, still commander of Helmand province as I write this (although perhaps not by the time you read it), was equally confident, but warned that the safety of the world is at stake: “This will increase the hope for small extremist groups to mobilise in the cities of Europe and America, and will have a devastating effect on global security.”
And how did it all come to this? Ashraf Ghani pointed out that it is obviously America’s fault. “The reason for our…