GB News: Christys criticises treatment of Afghan interpreters
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GB News host Patrick Christys admitted he is “ashamed to be British” after hundreds of British Army troops died and many more continue to suffer today in an “unwinnable war”. His comments come as Taliban insurgents have made rapid advances across Afghanistan in recent months as the US and other foreign forces withdraw. Mr Christys said: “I’m not proud of what we’ve done in Afghanistan or perhaps I should say what we’ve done to the Afghanis and the Afghan population.
“I don’t particularly think we should have invaded in the first place. There was a time where we had a leader in the shape of Tony Blair who was happy to be George Bush’s poodle and lead this country on a short leash into unwinnable, poorly-planned wars in the Middle East.
“Those wars were designed to prevent terror attacks. In fact, they’ve had the opposite effect, haven’t they?
“Radicalising vast swathes of the population across the Middle East and indeed many domestic terrorists as well.
“The irony is that we blindly followed America into the Afghan war and we’ve had to blindly follow them out in a hasty retreat; 454 British troops died in Afghanistan, countless others lost limbs and suffered and continue to suffer from terrible mental health problems.
“Our decision to withdraw and hand the country back to the Taliban is a desecration of their legacy. What did they fight and die for? I’m not proud of Britain for that.”
He continued: “I think it’s a national disgrace that in this instance makes me a bit ashamed to be British.
“We promised thousands of native Afghans that if they helped us out, we’d help them out too. We’d bring them back to Britain and give their families a better life.
“We’ve stuck two fingers up to the people who risked their lives and their families’ lives to help us because they trusted us.
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“We’ve left thousands of interpreters to die.
They face an inevitable death sentence and so do their wives and children as well.”
The Taliban is a hardline Islamist movement in Afghanistan that has been fighting an insurgency against the Western-backed government in Kabul since being ousted from power in 2001.
It originally drew members from so-called “mujahideen” fighters who, with support from the United States, repelled Soviet forces in the 1980s.
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The group emerged in 1994 as one of the factions fighting a civil war and went on to control most of the country by 1996, when it imposed strict Islamic law. Opponents and Western countries accused it of brutally enforcing its version of sharia and suppressing religious minorities.
Its founder and original leader was Mullah Mohammad Omar, who went into hiding after the Taliban was toppled by US-backed local forces following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
So secretive were his whereabouts that his death, in 2013, was only confirmed two years later by his son.
The Taliban are once again in the ascendancy militarily in Afghanistan. Since foreign troops began to withdraw they have seized most of the country’s territory and now control the capitals of eight of 34 provinces.
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