Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Peter Mackay, Peter Pan or Ali Baba

Harper and partners have been telling us a story from the Arabian Nights - ie. Ali Baba and the 40 thieves plus magic lamp. We were told in 2006 by Harper that we were winning in Afghanistan. That how important the mission was and that you were either with him or with the Taliban. My oh my times change. Now we hear of negotiation with the Taliban and that we can try and contain the insurgency but there is no such thing as winning. Yes we lost the lives of over 100 soldiers but someone please tell me what are our gains.

In last few days Peter Mackay - or Peter Pan or, even more appropriately, Ali Baba - has dropped by in Afghanistan. Now he knows that victory was always elusive and he started talking about rebuilding and reconstruction of Afghanistan. Then he tells us that for reconstruction why there should be a time limit when we can do it indefinitely. What a balderdash. C'mon, why not admit that our mission is a failure and soldiers' lives were lost, and alot of taxpayers money was spent for what goal to be achieved. Ali Baba and the 40 thieves plot intensifies.

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