Tuesday, 3 July 2012
Unsolvable Religious/Cultural Differences
Another three British soldiers have been killed by an Afghan policeman whilst they did their best to pass on their skills to the Afghan forces.
Two served with the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards and one with the Royal Corps of Signals. A fourth British soldier was injured in the shooting but was not seriously hurt.
Mark Cann, spokesman for the British Forces Foundation charity, said soldiers were worried about how Afghan colleagues, particularly police, were vetted.
"It makes everyone a little more cautious," he said.
The latest deaths mean a total of ISAF personnel have been killed so far this year and of these ( since 2010) 14 were British troops.
Any notion that Afghans, in general, think that NATO troops - particularly British and American - are there to help them is nonsense. To them we are infidels and worse - infidel invaders.
Afghans live by their religious/cultural code and any non-believer is the enemy.
We shouldn't be providing training or assistance in these circumstances because it will not make an iota of difference to the average Afghan's life. The majority will continue to live in poverty and under the control of the Taliban.
We will never learn. All I can hope for is that when our military is reduced to a skeleton - after the current and forthcoming sackings - that they will never again be put in front line operations, because there won't be enough manpower to be effective.
Yesterday's deaths bring the total number of British fatalities in Afghanistan to 422.