And here’s the real point

And that’s why the backtracking in Afghanistan was so dangerous. We live in a world that cannot be indifferent to human rights anywhere. The UK and USA have indicated that they are indifferent in that way. The fascists will have noted.

Hmm.

After that they seek to wipe out the academics and intellectuals who can voice the opposition.

Apparently the Fenland Taliban is about to emerge to silence the Sage³

22 thoughts on “And here’s the real point”

  1. What opposition? The Yank regime literally spent trillions on arming and training a 300,000 strong (lol) Afghan army (lol) that proved reasonably capable of occasionally going Allahu-snackbar and surprise-jihading their own trainers, but refused to fire a single shot in their own supposed defence from the Taliban.

    Clearly the Taliban is what the Pathans want. Btw the Taliban now controls more territory than they did before the Yanks invaded them in 2001.

  2. @Steve
    To be fair, 300K was the figure that the US was paying for. If that was the actual number remains to be be seen.

    The total number of US troops was low so the Afghans must have been doing something to keep the Taliban at bay. Once they realised that the US was bugging out at top speed, they quickly realised where their best interests lay

  3. 10,000 US troops, there or thereabouts, was enough to keep the Taliban from getting too cocky. They could secure airfields, do a bit of training, and keep the capital and the nominal authorities safeish. But the real deal is Pakistan.

  4. they seek to wipe out the academics and intellectuals

    and thus pose no threat to Captain Potato

  5. And who defines those human rights?

    Isn’t it rather presumptuous to impose a western view of these things onto Afghanistan

    Aren’t we supposed to respect cultural diversity?

    Isn’t this a rather privileged and colonialist outlook?

  6. Maybe given his experience in Nazi Germany he could offer his services to try and remove the Taliban – the arrogant fat bastard. What a piece of human detritus. Makes me more sympathetic to the Taliban, rather than Less…

  7. Gunker – I assume most of the money ended up in Lockheed Martin’s pockets or enriching those nice CIA chappies with a hand in the opium trade, but still.

    Pakistan has probably spent a tiny fraction of one per cent of what the Yanks have spunked into the sandbox, and it’s bought them a very effective and capable* fighting force who’ve just given the infidel their biggest bloody nose since Elphinstone’s disaster in 1842.

    Their creditors in Beijing are probably doing whatever the Pekingese equivalent of cartwheels are right now. Great Satan roose big face! Now is time to raugh!

    *albeit by the low standards of comparing them with the US Army, which would get massacred if they ever had to fight a near-peer opponent. At least they’ll die knowing they’ve completed all the relevant diversity and inclusion modules tho.

    As for the Taliban, sure they may be inbred mountain rapists with the miserable asceticism of a Free Presbyterian pastor reviewing Kevin Bacon’s FOOTLOOSE. But they have never forgotten Conan the Cimmerian’s timeless advice on what is best in life.

  8. I do like insightful typos: “be be seen” is lovely.

    So, of someone who’s been slandered on the telly: “He was BBCn you know”.
    Of someone grotesquely overpaid for analysing football matches: “He’s BBCn”.

  9. “We live in a world that cannot be indifferent to human rights anywhere. ”

    I’m indifferent to human rights on a daily basis. The best you’ll get for your sense of entitlement is a grudgingly given fuck off.

  10. Dennis, You Know... The Rational One

    Once again, Richard Murphy takes an unimaginable human tragedy and makes it All About Himself.

  11. Anyone know where this phenomenon started with some Brits getting off on involvement in other countries?

  12. apeoirjaier – when those bastard Normans invaded and fucked everything up with their tapestries. Harold did nothing wrong. Britain for the Britons.

  13. Anyone know where this phenomenon started with some Brits getting off on involvement in other countries?

    To be fair, the Greeks colonised Afghanistan more than 2000 years before we even named it.
    There’s still a lot of blond about.

  14. Who needs the Taliban?

    The ADL and the SPLC are gagging to unperson anyone who goes against the narrative, and Western Governments are busy Tring to implement the Chinese Social Credit system by which to implement it.

  15. @PJF But the Greeks, and later the Romans did that the Oldfashioned Way: Put up or “where’s that village you’re talking about”?

    They did not hop in, wave their hand magnanimously spouting the virtues of Empire, and expect people to fall in line in awe.
    Well…. Not until decadence and a sense of infallibility had taken root, and the “Barbarians” proved to be less than impressed… And armed. And quite insistent on a ….chat.

    Funny how history repeats, innit?

  16. But the Greeks, and later the Romans did that the Oldfashioned Way: Put up or “where’s that village you’re talking about”?

    Yes, if you wanted to conquer that region you’d need some combination of Caesar and Coulter.

    The Arabs did well for the usual reasons, and their religion was a perfect fit for the natural inclinations of the various natives.

  17. Remind me again why a bunch of Islamists taking over in Afghanistan is a humanitarian catastrophe, but saying anything nasty about the Islamists in our midst is a hate crime?

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