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Posted on Thu 9 June 2011

Conservative Home: We must not give up in Afghanistan and let the Taliban return

The death of Osama Bin Laden, whilst certainly a landmark in the struggle against extremism and terrorism, is also responsible for much facile optimism, even among senior politicians. It has provided fresh oxygen for the “Little Englanders”, as indeed for “Monroe Americans”, who believe that the arch-terrorist’s passing has put a decisive end to the extremist threat to the West. Whatever lip service they may pay to a continued presence of advice and assistance in the region, at the back of their minds they believe that we should now withdraw our troops from Afghanistan and leave that benighted area to its own devices.

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