Den britiske hærsjefen Sir David Richards sier Afghanistan vil være denne generasjonens krig. Han advarer om uoverskuelige konsekvenser hvis ISAF/NATO skulle kaste inn håndkkleet og trekke seg ut.
Blant alle kritiske røster til krigen i land som Norge er det sjelden eller aldri man hører noe om hva som ville bli utfallet hvis soldatene ble hentet hjem. Sir Richards er ikke i tvil:
«If al-Qaeda and the Taliban believe they have defeated us – what next? Would they stop at Afghanistan? Pakistan is clearly a tempting target not least because of the fact that it is a nuclear-weaponed state and that is a terrifying prospect. Even if only a few of those (nuclear) weapons fell into their hands, believe me they would use them. The recent airlines plot has reminded us that there are people out there who would happily blow all of us up.»
ublic and even members of the government had not «woken up» to the «enormous risks» which would result if the war was lost.
He said: «Failure would have a catalytic effect on militant Islam around the world and in the region because the message would be that al-Qaeda and the Taliban have defeated the US and the British and Nato, the most powerful alliance in the world. So why wouldn’t that have an intoxicating effect on militants everywhere? The geo-strategic implications would be immense.»
Sir David, who succeeded Gen Sir Richard Dannatt as head of the Army, said that a failure by the public to back the war would ultimately «delete» troop morale – an effect which, he said, would be far more damaging than a lack of resources.
Moral er selvsagt vesentlig i krig. Tenker feks. NRK og Kristian Berg Harpviken på det hver gang de sår tvil om NATOs innsats?