The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has since August 2003 taken on the responsibilities of command and co-ordination of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in
At this particular juncture, NATO forces are coming under increasing attacks, more ferocious in nature as the Taliban adopts more effective tactics such as the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), kidnapping and summary executions to name but a few.
I suspect that most people now accept the legitimacy of this NATO operation in light of the events of September 11, 2001. Unlike the war in Iraq, were my “suspicions” tell me the plurality of opinion was / is against the Iraq war, to which I hold contrarian views on; we can at least agree that principals that underpin the whole Afghanistan exercise is different but equal, and are laudable.
To assist the Government of
As the Taliban consolidates its ability to conduct what I could only conclude is a war of attrition; certain members of the NATO alliance find it more appropriate to adopt a posture akin to that of an ostrich, whereby, they would sooner bury their collective heads in the sand, exposing to all of us their “true” working parts.
By any measure, the
Conspicuous by their absence in the South or the East of Afghanistan(where the heavy fighting is), some our European partners namely -
The use of caveats by some members of the alliance have prevented and will continue to prevent irrespective of additional troop numbers, because they conditionally prevent these members from actively engaging with the enemy. You may recollect the riots in
Irrespective of what the liberal elite of Europe would have us believe, it is NATO, not the European Union that has served us well in
The summit currently taking place in
The Taliban is currently having little problems in moving through the tribal areas of
Couple the above with weak and ineffective leadership by our European allies is merely a delayed recipe for disaster. Far worst is the result of an embolden Taliban with the money and means to do us all harm. We can not allow poor leadership and surreptitious political agendas to viciate that great institution - NATO