posted on Jan, 17 2008 @ 03:00 PM
Helmand has seen some of the worst fighting in all of Afghanistan and, in my opinion, the troops from the UK, Canada and the Netherlands are doing
NATO proud. Sadly, their efforts don't seem to receive the recognition they deserve.
What we need to remember is that NATO was set up for the purpose of deterring the USSR and its allies in the Warsaw Pact from attacking Europe and
North America... not for fighting insurgency. NATO isn't defunct, but it does need to review its strategy and stucture to adapt to the demands of the
Most successful insurgencies have been defeated through a single, unified strategy which takes both fighting the enemy and winning over local support
as key priorities (since it becomes much harder for insurgents to operate if locals don't support their cause). We don't seem to be putting enough
effort into the latter element, and the longer we neglect it means the harder it'll be to win.