And so this horror occupation limps to an end…
The Taliban has welcomed yesterday’s announcement that New Zealand will withdraw its troops from Afghanistan within months.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed that the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) will end its 20-year involvement in the conflict, which has claimed 10 Kiwi lives, by May this year.
Now, extremist Islamic group the Taliban has reacted to the decision.
“New Zealand’s move to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan under the Doha Accords is welcome,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed said in a statement posted on Twitter.
…when you join the armed forces, you make a solemn promise that you are prepared to lay down your life for the ‘national interest’ and it is the obligation of any Government to use that power with extreme due diligence.
So remind me what the hell we have been doing in Afghanistan for 20 years?
America invaded Afghanistan looking for Osama Bin Laden who was a Saudi for a terror attack carried out by Saudis all so that there was an excuse to invade Iraq.
Afghanistan cost us 10 lives.
It cost America $822 Billion.
It cost the Afghans over 300 000 civilian lives.
It also had our troops handing over civilians to known torture units, it had our troops killing 21 civilians, it had our military lying to the public repeatedly and it had our military smear investigative journalist Jon Stephenson when he got too close to the truth.
We propped up corrupt regime after corrupt regime in Afghanistan to justify the West invading Iraq, at a cost of almost a trillion dollars while killing almost half a million people.
All we learned from our 20 years in Afghanistan was how far the NZDF were prepared to go to mislead us.
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