Thursday, 28 January 2010

Hearts and Minds?

£500 million pledged to training Afghanis against other Afghanis.  Or will it be against our own soldiers?

Rainer Wendt, head of the  German Police Union (DPolG)is reported in the German press to have  said in the  daily Stuttgarter Nachrichten:

"We would already consider it a success if the future security personnel wouldn't bash people on the head, cut off the hands of thieves, and stone women....We are training fighters for the Taliban... We should be concerned that many of the Afghan police candidates don't even join the force after their training course. Instead, they go directly to the Taliban. They pay twice as much."


Odin's Raven said...

The recent bombings in Kabul show that Karzai controls nothing outside his own palace. His inabilty to form a government without including his enemies embarasses the Western propaganda line despite the fake elections that sanctified him. We may be being prepared for heavy bribes to opposition elements to pose as a united Afghan government for long enough for the spin doctors to claim victory whilst the troops beat a hasty retreat, and leave the locals to eat each other.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

Ha! How does it go...

And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
But we’ve proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane.

That was more than a thousand years ago. Will we never learn?