Another British army defeated in Afghanistan

It is disgusting the West – notably the United States and Great Britain – has abandoned Afghanistan to the brutal terrorists of the Taliban.

Their resurgence, which is leading to the takeover of the whole country, has only been possible through our desertion of the country.

We should never have invaded the place – a graveyard for foreign armies since 1840 – but having done so, surely we had an obligation to secure the political stability and security of this highly-unstable country.

We can blame George W Bush and Tony Blair but the fact remains we have a duty of care for a country we destabilised by invading unnecessarily in retaliation for the 9-11 outrage.

The Taliban takeover should shame every country which took part in the coalition responsible for the invasion. And we should get back in there or pay a heavy long-term price when the fundamentalists re-establish their brutal regime and plot against us for years to come.

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