"A" PLUS AND "A" MINUS
The subject matter seemed beyond a poem but rather more suited to prose...hence the following.
The situation in Afghanistan engenders a certain sense of irony in yours truly, for the process and the recent outcome.
Both America and the UK were prime participants and somehow the lessons of history seems to have passed
them by in their dealings with that country and its inhabitants.
Centuries ago, the population of the colony (as was) of 18th century America took exception to "interference"
from Britain and took up arms to make a stand in defence of their perceived right to self-determination
for the future. .
Its people formed themselves into armed militias and became a fighting residential force that faced
and fought the British army until they achieved success and the freedom to grow into the most
powerful industrial nation in existence. The UK who had supplied many of the colonists in the first
place soon become its most supportive ally, not least against later tyrannies that emerged elsewhere..
Yet, somehow, with all that to fall back on, neither was apparently busy in encouraging the Afghan
nation to emulate the example they represented during the 20 years recently spent giving lives and
money to that country,and the defeat of the foes that threatened both the region and the wider world..
The people of that "unconquerable" country also had the chance to use the history of their allies to
step up to the plate and copy their historical precedent, with the added benefit of all that was being
contributed by those two former foes on their behalf as well as in the cause of greater world freedom.
and democracy. Yet they did not seize the opportunity; instead resorting to the age-old tribal ways
that have now seen a return of their own enemies to achieve ascendancy over their insidious apathy.
Their so-called political leadership and others fled elsewhere to seek yet more support and sanctuary
that might not otherwise have been necessary had they emulated the historical example of their primary
ally - the USA - and stood together to fight "as one" for the freedom that was on offer against their
own interfering resolutely meddling foe..
A-mericans got a "plus" from their own determination to achieve their freedom and all that followed.
A-fghans - sadly, a "minus"!