Monday, October 29, 2007

Ashdown: Afghanistan is lost

Well, this doesn't help Force Generation within NATO too much.
The former United Nations High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina delivered his dire prediction after being proposed as a new "super envoy" role in Afghanistan.

Lord Ashdown said: "We have lost, I think, and success is now unlikely."

The assessment will be considered extreme by some diplomats but timely by those pressing for more resources for Nato operations.

Lord Ashdown added: "I believe losing in Afghanistan is worse than losing in Iraq. It will mean that Pakistan will fall and it will have serious implications internally for the security of our own countries and will instigate a wider Shiite [Shia], Sunni regional war on a grand scale.

"Some people refer to the First and Second World Wars as European civil wars and I think a similar regional civil war could be initiated by this [failure] to match this magnitude."
Lord Ashdown (AKA Paddy Pantsdown for you old Bosnia hands) is not to be dismissed. One sharp cookie. Thing is - NATO may kill itself over AFG - but the US and UK aren't going anywhere.

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