Glasgow’s Sunday Herald reports on senior British Army officers warning of its engagement in Afghanistan become similar to Operation Banner, which ran in Northern Ireland from 1969-2007.
The potential is there, of course. But I recall similar voices at the time of the US Armed Forces’ entry into Iraq.
If there’s an applicable lesson from Northern Ireland, it’s that a military presence with no political process begets its own quagmire. Encouragingly, current British officers in Afghanistan publicly acknowledge the significance of winning hearts and minds, and developing viable politics there.