“…Otto von Bismarck famously declared that “the whole of the Balkans is not worth the bones of a single Pomeranian grenadier”.
How many Kiwi lives is Afghanistan worth? Whichever way you look at it, it’s hard to see why that godforsaken country is worth the life of a single young New Zealander – let alone 10.
The conflict is now in its 11th year – having comfortably surpassed Vietnam as America’s longest war.
The Karzai regime is as ineffectual and corrupt as ever -
- its security forces seemingly more inclined to turn their weapons on the foreigners who are there to help them than engage the Taleban.
Perhaps that’s not so surprising given that, in all probability, the Taleban will be back in control before very much longer…”
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