This weeks’ news that 10 French soldiers have died in an Afghan ambush is bad enough – but reading the sort of drivel that Newsweek has put out is making me sick. All the facts point to the Afghans having used overwhelming force in the ambush, but that’s not enough for Newsweek – oh no! The Afghans have to have been “well armed and well trained”…
Says who? It doesn’t take a well-trained gunman to kill someone – how well trained were the Somalis in the Black Hawk Down incident? This sort of rubbish is just mythologising the Taleban, who are nothing more than paid-up mercenaries, for the most part. How about mythologising the French and American soldiers who held off that overwhelming force all through the night?
Sure the French public are against the deployment – the French public has been against practically every deployment since WWII – Indochina had no domestic support, even Algeria was abandoned after the insurgency there was largely quelled.
For now there is no information on how the French soldiers died – were they hit by a massive explosion? Where they in an armoured vehicle hit by RPG? Today, friendly fire is being raised as having possibily killed a few.
So Newsweeks’ Christopher Dickey would do well to hold off on the essay-writing until all the facts are known.