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Originally posted by Spinster
reply to post by Reaper2137
Your rant is more than justified its what we are all thinking. My cousin served over in afghanistan the year before last and will be returning for a second tour later this year. When i see him he doesnt have war storys, which suprised me, to him it was just like another day in the office, but you look after your freinds whilst over there.
The russians where there for the best part of 20 years and as soon as they left it was exactly like it was before within months of them being there. There is no 'winning hearts and minds' for the people of iraq/afghan, expecially the ones who have suffered losses from the civilian side, which there have been many!
And im sure that when the US/British and allied forces leave (if ever) nothing much will have changed within the two countries.
Respect for our armed services 'just doing their job'!
Originally posted by simples
reply to post by Spinster
I'm in the British army I have done 3 tours of Iraq and two tours of afghan and I totally disagree with you, hearts and minds do work I have seen it first hand.
We dont need to be all gun HO, if we go stomping through afghan shooting everything we would get slaughtered it's there country they know it inside out especially the mountains the Taliban a reasonably professional and have been at war for years they know how to fight you cannot underestimate them that's were the Russians got it wrong.