uk-afghanThe British PM Gordon Brown wants Hamid Karzai to clean up corruption.  Brown said:

“I am not prepared to put the lives of British men and women in harm’s way for a government that does not stand up against corruption,” Brown said in speech at the Royal College of Defence Studies in London.”

This should be referenced in light of the recent attack in Helmand province in which an Afghan police officer shot and killed 5 British soldiers and escaped into the countryside.

“The soldiers concerned were mentoring Afghan national police. They were working inside and living inside an Afghan national police checkpoint, just outside Nad-e-Ali district centre,” Lt.-Col. David Wakefield, spokesman for the British forces, told Sky News. “It is our initial understanding that an individual Afghan policeman possibly acting in conjunction with one other started firing inside the checkpoint before fleeing from the scene.”

imperialismOccupying  a country certainly is more difficult if when they keep turning on you and killing your soldiers.  We are not going to see another British Colonial India in Afghanistan.  The governments of the West are deluding themselves if they think they can install some local panjandrum and then rule quietly behind the scenes.  It just will not happen, ask the Russians how much fun ‘ruling’ Afghanistan is.  Perhaps the British have more insight?  Doubtful.

But back to cleaning up corruption; or more specifically how to do so when it is your presence that is causing the massive corruption in the first place?

We should not be kidding ourselves.  The West’s military presence in Afghanistan is creating more problems than it is solving and should be withdrawn immediately.  If the Taliban, which we created and armed so well in the 1980’s, presents itself to be a problem then we should negotiate with them to broker an agreement without having to slaughter innocents in the process.

There is no way for the West to “win” in Afghanistan, we should begin reparations and move on as soon as possible.