British PM not targeting 'perfect democracy' in Afghanistan

6th October 2010, Comments 1 comment

Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday Britain was "not in Afghanistan to build a perfect democracy," stressing instead the importance of protecting itself from violent extremism.

Cameron added that British troops would "not stay a day longer than we need to" in Afghanistan, and reiterated a pledge that British combat troops would be out of the war-torn country in five years' time.

"We are not in Afghanistan to build a perfect democracy," he told his Conservative party's annual conference in Birmingham, central England.

"No dreamy ideas. Just hard-headed national security -- pure and simple.

"Almost every terrorist who took part in 9/11 was trained by Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. If we left tomorrow, those training camps could easily come back because Afghans are not yet ready to take control of their security.

"But we will not stay a day longer than we need to."

A total of 339 British troops have been killed in Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion.

The country has nearly 10,000 soldiers in Afghanistan, the second largest contingent after the United States, with most of them deployed in Helmand, a centre for the Taliban insurgency and for the opium trade.

© 2010 AFP

1 Comment To This Article

  • Satish Chandra posted:

    on 6th October 2010, 18:55:03 - Reply

    I am India's expert in strategic defence and the father of India's strategic program, including the Integrated Guided Missiles Development Program. I have shown in my blog titled 'Nuclear Supremacy For India Over U.S.', which can be found by a Yahoo search with the title, that all terrorism and insurgencies in the Indian subcontinent and in much of the rest of the world is sponsored by the C.I.A. Both Pakistan's ISI and India's RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) function as branches of the C.I.A. and participate in terrorism and insurgencies throughout the Subcontinent, under direction of the C.I.A. Yes, the ISI secretly supports the Taliban but it does so under direction from the C.I.A. whose modus operandi is support for ALL sides of a conflict to control the course of the conflict in service of its own goals. The goal of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and partial occupation of Pakistan is eventual occupation and overt colonial rule over the Subcontinent as a whole. This will not be permitted and all those participating in this enterprise, including the U.K., will be duly punished; see my blog. The document leak currently in the news has been made in preparation for abandonment of this goal and withdrawal from Afghanistan because of steps I have already taken for the nuclear destruction of New Delhi and then the coast-to-coast destruction of the United States by India with 5,000 thermonuclear warheads and extermination of its population; see my blog.