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UK’s Lord Ashdown Says Afghanistan Is Lost

From the UK’s Telegraph:

Afghanistan is lost, says Lord Ashdown

By Tom Coghlan


Nato has “lost in Afghanistan” and its failure to bring stability there could provoke a regional sectarian war “on a grand scale”, according to Lord Ashdown.

The former United Nations High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina delivered his dire prediction after being proposed as a new “super envoy” role in Afghanistan.

Lord Ashdown said: “We have lost, I think, and success is now unlikely.”
The assessment will be considered extreme by some diplomats but timely by those pressing for more resources for Nato operations.

Lord Ashdown added: “I believe losing in Afghanistan is worse than losing in Iraq. It will mean that Pakistan will fall and it will have serious implications internally for the security of our own countries and will instigate a wider Shiite [Shia], Sunni regional war on a grand scale.

“Some people refer to the First and Second World Wars as European civil wars and I think a similar regional civil war could be initiated by this [failure] to match this magnitude.”

Lord Ashdown, 66, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats, was speaking in advance of a Nato summit in the Dutch town of Noordwijk yesterday.

Britain and the US infuriated [sic] by the lack of assistance granted by allies to those countries with forces operating in Afghanistan.

The tensions are particularly acute given that members pledged a year ago that they would do everything within their power to ensure “success” in the country.

With a growing sense in Kabul that the reconstruction and military efforts are lacking focus, Britain and the US are pushing for the creation of a super envoy and are looking for a political heavyweight to fill the role…

What a surprise that a former UN representative would offers such helpful comments. And remember, Afghanistan is the war that liberals now like to pretend they supported.

Anyway, how is it possible that this gentleman is being considered for the new role of “super envoy” to Afghanistan?

Don’t we have enough defeatists?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, October 25th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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