Monday, September 11, 2006

NATO: No More Troops for Afghanistan

[Posted by reader_iam]

Despite pleas for a collective 2,500 more troops, most of the 26 nations comprising NATO have been unable to bring themselves to pledge a single additional soldier to the Afghanistan theatre.
SOME OF America’s closest Nato allies have abandoned Washington on the key battleground of the War on Terror, the bloody struggle against Islamic militants for control of southern Afghanistan.

Five years after the world stood “shoulder to shoulder” with America in the aftermath of 9/11, The Times has learnt that many of the countries that pledged support then have now ignored an urgent request for more help in fighting a resurgent Taleban and its al-Qaeda allies.

Turkey, Germany, Spain and Italy have all effectively ruled out sending more troops. France has not committed itself either way, but the military sources in Kabul said that there were no expectations that the French would contribute to a new battlegroup, especially now that they were providing a substantial force in Lebanon.
Only the newcomers to Nato have indicated that they would be prepared to send more soldiers. Latvia, with an army of 1,817 soldiers, plans to increase its presence in Afghanistan from 36 to 56 people. Neither Norway nor Denmark is planning to send reinforcements. The Netherlands is already playing a significant role in the south.

Well, thanks to most NATO nations' desire to put proof to the pudding that is their resolve, that pretty much renders powerfully true the following statement from a prominent, familiar leader of al-Qaeda:
Ayman al-Zawahiri, deputy leader of al-Qaeda, said yesterday in an internet broadcast that America and Britain had already lost their wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and that the terror group was now preparing a new campaign against the Gulf states and Israel.

I guess that wishin' IS gettin', for the Zawahiris of the world.

Like a holiday pudding, handed to them on a platter, flaming and ripe for the celebration.