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…
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Really. And you will notice that no one ever mentions all the animal in the country that have died. Same thing here. Birds are extremely sensitive to smoke – I imagine the number is inestimable.
Thank you for mentioning the birds and the animals, Laura. Generally, they, and plants too, go unmentioned or are an afterthought – which could explain why our planet is in trouble. If something is always at the bottom of the list of priorities, then it isn’t going to do very well.