AFGAHNISTAN APPRAISAL October 30, 2013Posted by wmmbb in South West Asia, Terrorism Issues.
Of course, this is something that is not going to happen at the government level because it leads to unfortunate conclusions. Now Tony Abbott is the man of the moment, with the now familiar spray of nonsense. This is an unfair judgment because it would be the lot and framing of any prime minister.
The war has created a political bipartisanship. Something that apparently is not possible in relation to the threat of the climate crisis. Apparently terrorism is more strongly felt within the political system than the environment change and possible ecosystem collapse. The political system and economy is more orientated to violence against other human beings than to confronting common threat to humanity. Strange, even perverted, but true.
In the common cause, both the prime minister and the leader of the opposition visited the troops in Afghanistan. They were marking the announcement of the almost complete withdrawal from the war, and in effect hand back Urugzan province back to the resistance, or the soon to be installed local warlord.
Of course, consensus does not include the minor parties. Senator Milne does not take a consistent nonviolent position, but she was not invited to join the trip. Given the urgency of the moment soon after September 2001 Australian Defence personnel were dispatched to Afghanistan yet it took ten years, and you know that dreadful hung parliament, when the ALP agreement with the Greens included a parliamentary debate. A robust, independent foreign policy is the fantasy of the marginal spectators.
Oliver Laughland reports in The Guardian that the prime minister speaking as a special ceremony at tarin Kowt base declared an end to Australia’s front-line involvement. Tony Abbott has declared an end to Australia’s frontline involvement in Afghanistan during a surprise visit to troops, saying the ADF’s presence in Uruzgan province. Tony Abbott declared:
“It has been worth it. This has been a very difficult commitment. People have paid a high price. We have lost 40 of our best. We mourn them, we remember them, we honour them, we want to work with their families. We will never forget them,” Abbott said.
He added that Australia’s involvement was ending, “not with victory, not with defeat, but with, we hope, an Afghanistan that is better for our presence here”.
He described the withdrawal as “bitter-sweet”. It was “sweet because hundreds of soldiers will be home for Christmas; bitter because not all Australian families have had their sons, fathers and partners return. Sweet because our soldiers have given a magnificent account of themselves; bitter because Afghanistan remains a dangerous place despite all that has been done.”
Bill Shorten won the contest for vacuity, and doubtless his brevity was appreciated by the captive audience. The Prime Minister, who on assuming office reduced overseas aid, in a later press release praised the various civil constructions of roads and schools, including for girls, carried out by the ADF.
It was a good plan. Stand in the sun, listen to self-righteous waffle. Then go home at last. Everybody is happy. Despite the deplorable ANZAC talk, the living get to leave and take with them unseen deep human scars of war, brutality and violence. The people of Afghanistan are left with the toll of suffering and destruction inflicted by their long and bloody experience of imperialism and their great games.
Complete failure, debacle, take your pick. Without irony it can be observed that the great crusade against terrorism launched during the George W Bush incumbency continues across the Middle East and Africa with drone attack murders and success after success in regime change, such as in Libya and sooner or later in Syria.
US Defense spending, unlike manufacturing, cannot be outsourced. Highly profitable and a source of employment, yet the military hardware does not seem to give the edge (unlike the drones):