Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Another near miss

A New Zealand soldier has been injured by a bomb in Afghanistan. Fortunately, it was only a scratch - but people are trying to kill them now. And eventually, they'll succeed, and we'll be seeing kiwis coming home in body bags.

Is this worth it? No. Quite apart from the fact that there is no point continuing to fight a war you have already lost (and the west has already lost it, thanks as usual to America's heavy-handed attitude to civilians; the US's denunciation of "defeatism" simply proves it), its questionable whether it was worth fighting at all. The Afghan government does not respect human rights. It still practices the death penalty. It does not permit freedom of religion, and still prosecutes people for "blasphemy". Such a government is not worth the life of a single person, and we should not be sending our troops into danger to protect it.