Mon, 20 Aug 2012 6:08p.m.
It's the question the Prime Minister has been fielding all day – why can't our troops leave now?
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21/08/2012 12:11:56 a.m.
Its a no-brainier - the Teliban are calling the shots and shouldn't be - forget all this BS about professional soldering and diplomacy - the Teliban are criminals - lets beat the Teliban at their own game and show them who is boss!
The free world should organise mass destructive air strikes against all Telban positions now!
JK is right - there is no fast way out - but getting out without letting the Teliban know that their way is the wrong way is utter defeat for the free world!
20/08/2012 10:19:29 p.m.
Jim Seaview wrote:
Quote: "Within the next two weeks the Prime Minister will announce exactly when our troops will return.“We're in this now and we've got to be professional and considered. We'll do it as fast as we can,” he says."Restraint from making decisions too hastily just to score cheap political points just as Mr Goff is trying to do is just what is needed - Thank you Mr Key.We are in Afganistan under a coalition agreement with our friends and allies - Australia, Canada, USA and Great Britainand despite these 3 tragic deaths, we cannot pull out on our own.While I offer my deepest condolences to the 3 families of the soldiers killed it should be remembered that when they chose to join the armed forces and be trained to kill - they would have realised that the chances of being killed would higher than possibly any other occupation. They each served with great honour and paid the ultimate sacrifice.I cannot wait until all the coalition forces leave this horrible country and return home.The Taliban are eventually going to rule in Afganistan under strict Islamic rule after the Coalition withdraws. Women will have to wear the full Burqua and their education will cease.For the Afghan people - Its just a matter of Islamic Rule or Western Democracy with basically no choice. I would rather stay true with our friends, and we know who exactly they are.
20/08/2012 7:05:16 p.m.
Leaving now would be a huge insult to those who died and their families. It would mean their deaths were meaningless.
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