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    1. Britain intervened in Afghanistan for the first time in 1839 and suffered a significant defeat in 1842. The history of our intervention is, of course, a tale of imperialism. This latest episode is an example of our foolish attempt to remain a great power, which we haven’t been for a long time. We stick to the shoe of the US as they enter and are still there when they leave. Tears from Tory ministers over those left to the mercies of the Taliban mean very little. The excuse is intelligence failure. How did that happen? Perhaps it is to do with the UK lacking a cadre of highly skilled linguists: if you want to understand a foreign country and know how their culture works, you must have such a cadre, but part of the spread of stupefaction designed to keep the common folk ignorant and the rich safe, is serious decline in the study of foreign languages. Relying on translators doesn’t work. We need native English speakers with high competence in languages. A warm welcome should be extended to all those who worked for us, but they will be a tiny proportion of the desperate people who will flee the brutality of the Taliban. Blair and co are wringing their hands over the disaster this is for “the West”. The real disaster is for the Afghan people. What does Blair care for them. embracing as he does the phoney liberalism of violent intervention, founded on cultural racism and intended to spread the democracy he and his kind are busily dismantling at home? The Taliban is a creation of US foreign policy, as is Al-Quaeda. Conquest based on racism in pursuit of lucre has been our creed for five centuries. And then we gnash our teeth when the violence comes back to us. What should the US have done in Afghanistan? They should have armed the people. An armed populace could have defended itself against the Taliban. But who in “the West” truly cares about the common people of Afghanistan?

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