A damning report by Frank Ledwidge, due to be published next week by Yale University Press, not only highlights the cost to the British and Afghan people in terms of lives and money, but also concludes that Helmand Province in Afghanistan is no more stable now than in 2006 when British troops were deployed there, and will be fought over by opium barons and their cronies when they leave. The main beneficiaries of the war will be arms dealers, drug lords and consultants.
One of the most interesting comments is that Britain became involved because of the “the perceived necessity of retaining the closest possible links with the US”. Britain’s involvement in recent wars has indeed nothing to do with the defence of our homeland and everything to do with imperialist, economic interests and our links with other Western imperialist powers. Indeed it is obvious that our involvement in these wars is actually putting our security at risk, especially from home grown terrorism.
Now the coalition government has just decided to arm the opposition in Syria, a move which attacks Syria’s rights to self-determination, further divides both Western and Muslim powers and puts taxpayers’ money into the hands of arms dealers and potentially al Qaeda operatives.
Our line should be clear. We should not support imperialist wars and our defence policy should be based only on the defence of our country, rather than sending our forces to fight in far off battlefields on behalf of capitalist interests. Please click to read our Vision for Defence.