Army top brass warn: Afghanistan will be our next Northern Ireland (Sunday Herald (Glasgow))

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.

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