Afghanistan is all over the news at the moment, it is a big problem.
But what are we really doing there and why?
This is what puzzles the general public. And just try and get a straight answer to the question from any politician. Why are we in Afghanistan? You won't ever get an answer that makes the slightest bit of sense.
Does any politician really care about the people of Afghanistan, and if they do, then why Afghanistan above other countries where people were suffering much more (before they invaded it)? Does anyone honestly believe that we are in threat of the Taliban attacking the UK if we don't stamp them out in their own country?
We went into Afghanistan to catch Bin Laden, and we went to Iraq to destroy weapons of mass destruction, didn't we?
Many people knew then, and still know now, that the real reason behind these wars is oil. It is just incredible that the news organisations never talk about this obvious fact.
America and its allies went into Iraq to get control of its oil, which it has now done.
America and its allies went into Afghanistan to try and stabilise (get control of) the country in order to build a crucial new pipeline to export oil from major reserves in Central Asia to the rest of the world (Afghanistan appeared to be the only route that was feasible).
As oil becomes increasingly short in supply, expect to see an increase of such wars under the pretext of fighting for human rights and liberties and the stamping out of Islamic fundamentalism (which we will of course see an increase in as differing powers use whatever means they can to control people in order to benefit their own means and in particular get a hold of the diminishing oil resources that make the world turn round).
I know this is stating the obvious, and many people have known this all along, but sometimes the obvious needs stating, many times, before people start to wake up to the truth.
Have a Google of 'Afghanistan oil pipeline' to find all the evidence you need.
Now I'm not saying we should leave Afghanistan in the mess we have got it into. I'm not saying that Al-Qaeda and growing Islamic fundamentalism isn't a huge problem, it is. I don't know what the solution is off the top of my head. But I think until we can stand on the truth and face the real reasons behind such wars, we aren't ever going come up with an enduring solution.
Just had to get that off my chest...