Afghanistan to most in the West appears unresolvable. It often seems that the people on the ground, that is the locals, do little to help peace return to the country. We should never forget though that the ISAF, the international fighting force, are invaders. If the boot were on the other foot and we were living with foreign troops in our land for more than eleven years how would we feel? The length of the mission means that some young people have known nothing different.
It is sad when troops continue to lose their lives in what is now a pointless exercise. A hidden agenda may exist of course. One has to wonder who will gain from all the instability in the Middle East and in countries such as Afghanistan. The West however is paying a high price in money and personnel.
Yesterday we reported on the death of two US soldiers. Today we sadly have to report that another British soldier has lost his life. The MoD website carries the brief announcement that, " a soldier from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards has died in Afghanistan. The soldier was on duty in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province on Friday 17 August when he was killed by enemy action.
Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Ian Lawrence, said: "It is with great sadness I must inform you that a soldier from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards has been killed whilst on sentry duty in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province. The thoughts and prayers of everyone in the Task Force are with his family and friends at this very difficult time. The soldier's family have been informed and have asked for a period of grace before further details are released."
Yesterday's military deaths were what is called "green on blue" Local people working apparently with the military who then turn their weapons on the soldiers. Today's was enemy action yet at times reporters claim that Afghanistan is now safe and we will be able to withdraw with an easy mind.
Two days ago 23 people were injured in bomb attacks at a market and a Mosque.Today August 18, 2012, four Afghan people have been killed as a bomb exploded at a bazaar. Twelve people were injured including three policemen. According to a report 1,145 Afghan civilians have been killed and 1,954 others injured during this first half of the year. Whilst many have been at the hands of insurgents others have been through what is called "friendly fire"
So, is peace possible in Afghanistan?