Two ‘democracies’, trapped in a decade of bloodshed, extravagance and mendacity

Simon Jenkins asks how the catastrophe of Afghanistan came to pass 

“How did two democracies, operating in a climate of open debate, find themselves trapped in a decade of bloodshed, extravagance and mendacity? 

“How did they accept the deaths of hundreds of their young men and thousands of non-combatant foreigners in a cause they could articulate only in irrelevant cliches about democracy, security and female emancipation?” 

Civilised readers will fervently hope that the chilling prophecy in his final paragraph is not fulfilled.

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