Tuesday, July 14, 2009

the news

The sad and tragic news in Great Britain is the loss of six of their soldiers in combat in Afganistan. It is the worst troop loss for Britain in 18 years. The loss was the result of a roadside bomb.

As in America the reaction is mixed. Questions arise as to the wisdom of fighting unknown insurgents in a foreign country. There are also the recriminations against a government which does not fully support its troops with the necessary equipment. But, there is also genuine patriotic support for soldiers who are fighting to make for a better world - "If not us then who?"

At some point in this conflict the American and British governments will recognize that winning this war is an obligation of the Afgan people. American and British military power can not defeat an insurgency that has its roots in the Afgan people.

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