It is 15 years since the UK & US began their attack on one of the poorest countries in the world. Thousands of Afghans fleeing the fighting that invasion created have fled to Europe to be met with walls, bigotry and reaction.
Both phases of the war there (2001 and then 2006 onwards) failed to achieve their stated ‘humanitarian’ aims. There has been no apology from Labour as there was over Iraq. There is no hint of a properly timetabled inquiry. Only silence over a sordid, hubristic little war.
A lot of my work now is on veterans of that war, but I harbour no illusions that these are the real victims of the war. Most Afghans can’t ‘go home’. They are home. Home for them is a war zone of our own creation. Or the gauntlet of fleeing to reactionary Europe.
Signed: an Afghanistan veteran and retired true believer in the insipid fantasy of Britain’s moral role in the world.