Even the crisis in Afghanistan can’t break the spell of Britain’s delusional foreign policy: Owen Jones, The Guardian, 190821

If historians of the future wish to understand the ignorance and hubris that accompanied the decline of the west’s power, this week’s emergency parliamentary debate on Afghanistan will provide an insightful case study. The delusions that have long characterised British foreign policy remained intact when Iraq was destroyed for the sake of nonexistent weapons of mass destruction; when British soldiers were forced into a humiliating retreat from Iraq’s southern city of Basra at the hands of Iranian-backed Shia militias; and when Libya was left as a failed state. It seemed unlikely that the Taliban casually waltzing into Kabul would finally break the spell.


On the fall of Kabul: Dave Kellaway asks what the lefts attitude should be to the changing situation

The Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan has laid bare the magnitude of western hubris: Polly Toynbee, The Guardian

It has taken 20 years to prove the invasion of Afghanistan was totally unnecessary: Simon Jenkins, The Guardian, 190821


"A fractious country comprised of warring tribes, unable to form an inclusive whole; unable to wade beyond shallow differences in sect and identity in order to provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to themselves and their posterity, and so they perish—in the span of a breath—without ever reaching the promised shore.

Today, the country this describes is Afghanistan. Tomorrow, the country this describes might be my own."

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