BNP News, UK
The time has come for the British public to demand an end to the illegal, immoral and wasted war in Afghanistan, said the British National Party’s spokesman on defence, Mr Peter Mullins.
Reacting to the attack on Government policy in Afghanistan by a senior army officer in an official Ministry of Defence publication, Mr Mullins said it was sheer madness to have gone to war in that country in the first place.
“What on earth are British troops doing in Afghanistan in 2009?” Mr Mullins asked. “All that has been achieved is to make even more millions in the Muslim world angry with Britain, which in turn has increased the danger of terrorism from their colonising populations here in our country.
“The BNP can rightly say we told you so,” said Mr Mullins, who used to serve with the RAF Vulcan nuclear deterrent bomber force. “Let us leave that lunar-landscaped country to its own people who appear to be happy with the problems they create,” he continued.
“While they spend their time embracing all sorts of extremist fanatic versions of Islam, our Government spends billions of much needed at home pounds on a futile, immoral, illegal and unwinnable war.
“About the only thing that British involvement in Afghanistan has achieved is to dramatically increase the invasion from bogus Afghan asylum seekers who come to Britain to seek sanctuary from the conflict,” Mr Mullins said.
“The invasion of Afghanistan has cost well over 160 British servicemen their lives. What has this sacrifice achieved? According to the MOD’s own publication, nothing,” Mr Mullins said.
“This situation fills any normal person with disgust, and it is about time Britain withdrew from this conflict and also put those responsible for dragging us into it on trial along with those who created the equally outrageous conflict in Iraq.”
* The army officer, Major SN Miller, published an article in the British Army Review, calling the war in Afghanistan a “failure.”
Major Miller, who apparently works in the defence intelligence section, described the British presence in Helmand as an “unmitigated disaster” fuelled by “lamentable” government spin and naïvety.
Major Miller, who serves in the Defence Intelligence Staff serving Intelligence Corps, claimed that hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money had been wasted on a war which had failed to deliver any real reconstruction, governance or security.
“British policy towards the poppy crop has been an unmitigated disaster. The chief effect of the British presence in Helmand has been to transform Helmand into the opium centre of the world,” he wrote. “This remarkable milestone was achieved just two years into the British intervention.”
Major Miller claimed that the British government “sleepwalked” into Helmand in 2006 “without any meaningful reconstruction plan, without the resources to undertake nation building tasks, and, critically, without any desire to fight a major insurgency.”
In direct contradiction to the view of the defence chiefs and the government, Major Miller added that the much-vaulted British strategy of “winning the hearts and minds” of the Afghan people in Helmand had failed.
Instead, he claimed, the opposite had happened, with polls showing that 23 percent of the population support the Taliban in the south west of the country, a threefold increase compared with 2008.
He wrote: “Where a year (2008) ago, 81 percent stated that the Taliban have ‘no significant support at all’ in the area, now only 52 percent judged this to be the case.
“Just 45 percent of polled Afghans supported the NATO presence in the south west, down from 83 percent in the previous year. The often repeated statement that ‘the Afghans don’t want the Taliban back’ is increasingly open to question.”
“Positive opinion of overall living standards have dropped by 20 points — a remarkably bitter under achievement for a campaign that purported to improve the lives of Afghans.”
Major Miller, who has served in Afghanistan, also attacked the Department For International Development (DFID) for pumping millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money into a government where he claimed “corruption, inefficiency and incompetence” are “endemic.”