UK soldiers patrol 'Little Afghanistan'

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  1. Colin1

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    Interesting idea and a good one if it lends to the implementation on the battlefield of winning hearts and minds. I think the only way to achieve success in Afghanistan is combined action platoons of coalition forces and local militias living together in a village, working together as well as patrolling together. Hopefully programs like this will help coalition forces bridge the enourmous cultural gap.
     
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    Cant see any successfull out come from the Afgan conflict. no luck in the 1890's and the same problem now, no held ground so the Taliban dissapear only to return once coalition troops have left.
     
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    Agree with you trackend. Problem goes back further. Hell, even Alexander the Great had problems with these people. Tough to understand but shooting at each other is something of a national past time over there. It's what they do.

    There is no solution. It's tribal, it will go on.
     
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    You're probably right, but while our coalition is fighting in the region a "combined action platoon" type of mentality might help more then hinder. Some seeds of modernity and democracy might even be planted in some peoples minds. Though that shouldn't replace the main mission of nuetralizing Al Queada.
     
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    Define "winnable"?
     
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    I guess that would depend on the mission.
     
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    Just curious where this thread is heading now.


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    It's not going anywhere
    I don't think there was anything particularly contentious about describing Afghanistan as 'winnable'. Coalition action in the country has the backing of Karzai and the Helmand governor seems pretty upbeat about the chances of success. Regardless of whether he's egging up the prospects of success or not, this has Afghan approval and includes the continued involvement of their military. That provides a gulf of difference between what the coalition could potentially achieve in-country and what the last modern, large-scale military incursion (the USSR) was trying to accomplish by invasion.
    Unlikely in itself to seal the overall peace and security of the country but a building block, nonetheless; a battle in the war if you like.

    Yes, I'd say that was winnable but that's winnable as opposed to won.
     
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    I understand your definition of winnable and gotta be honest, I don't think it's going to happen. It would be nice if it did, but to think it's a country, culture, lifestyle and viewpoint is going to change from that followed for centuries (if not thousands of years) just because a different group thought it up, is folly.

    Kharzai stays as long as the Coalition stays, Coalition stays as long as Al Queda stays, Al Queda stays as long as they are a benefit to the Taliban. Taliban stays as long as....they hold both sides of the border? They keep their local villagers under their thumb? They keep the drug trade alive and kicking in the face of Coalition attempts to get rid of it. You name it, A-stan is in the middle of one very convoluted place with a ton of people on all sides throwing their .02 in. Trying to get a hold on it is like trying to grab jello.

    I hope your right Colin. Hope they pull it off and the taste of modernity, coupled with Coalition efforts, support of Kharzai, ect, ect, helps turn it towards a more modern outlook. But with the majority of the people illiterate, indifferent and probably looking at the Coalition as just the next round of foriegners bucking up the newest Govt, I definitely have my doubts.
     
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