What goes around....comes around.
----- Original Message ----- Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2001 17:32:49 -0500
Subject:  The Brits are Now the USA's Wogs
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The Brits are Now the USA's Wogs
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[What are the Brits to do? Here they have all these thousands ready
to roll, and the Northern Alliance, the USA's once and current
allies, are telling them even 100 troops aren't acceptable. "Leave a
couple of dozen for peacekeeping, that's enough! Meanwhile, we'll
stall your silly little nation-building talks until it's too late to
change the facts on the ground. Just a little trick we learned from the

Oh, dear, Mr. Blair, you have stepped in it this time.  And where are
the USA's fine soldiers anyway?  Any sign of the cavalry on the
horizon?  The USA is plum out of wogs to fight their wars for them,
and now, Mr. Blair, your Brits are the wogs. The irony is rich.]

BBC - 18 November, 2001, 11:21 GMT
UK troops 'staying in Afghanistan'

Royal Marines special forces are in Afghanistan There are no plans to
pull British soldiers out of Afghanistan despite Northern Alliance
demands for the withdrawal of troops near Kabul, the Foreign Office
has said.

Jamiat-e-Islami, a Tajik faction of the Northern Alliance, had
complained they were not consulted before British special forces
soldiers landed at Bagram airbase.

But Foreign Office Minister Ben Bradshaw said they were just one
small faction, and insisted the 100 troops - believed to be from the
Special Boat Service (SBS) - were welcomed by people "in the loop".

"We're perfectly content that the Northern Alliance spokespeople who
matter are content for them to be there," he told the BBC.

"They're doing an important job securing the airport for future
humanitarian and international diplomatic missions."

Jamiat-e-Islami had demanded 85 of the troops pull out, leaving just
15 to carry out humanitarian tasks, according to Reuters news agency.

But Mr Bradshaw said there had been no official request to leave the
airbase and there were no plans to pull out UK troops.

UK Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon earlier denied British soldiers were
deployed in Afghanistan without the knowledge of the Northern

The Alliance faction said the feelings of the Afghan people and
neighbouring countries had to be taken into consideration before a
large military deployment could be sanctioned.

Faction's 'decision'

Engineer Arif, deputy chief of intelligence for the Jamiat, said:
"There are 85 of them who have come without any prior co-ordination
in the name of humanitarian aid led by the United Nations.

"Our decision is that 15 of them can stay and the others go.

"If they accept 15 people then they can stay, otherwise all of them
need to go."

UK war cabinet member Home Secretary David Blunkett told BBC One's
Breakfast with Frost programme commentators had to remember the
Allies' were dealing with "warring tribes".

He criticised those who have changed their position after attacking
the Allies' aims, insisting: "The bulk of those who are leading the
various factions have welcomed the limited intervention made so far.

"All of us want a rapid diplomatic input and solution but we are
dealing with warring tribes.

Talks postponed

"Those who immediately, after having condemned us in the first place,
then acknowledged we had made enormous progress then have to find
reasons for doom and gloom."

Talks between the UK Foreign Secretary and a senior member of the
Northern Alliance, due to take place on Saturday, have been postponed
over "logistical" difficulties.

Jack Straw and the Alliance's Foreign Minister, Abdullah Abdullah,
were due to discuss the make-up of a future Afghan government.

The Foreign Office said the telephone conversation would now take
place within the next few days.

Speaking earlier on Saturday, Dr Abdullah said foreign troops were
welcome in small numbers as long as their mission was primarily
humanitarian, but he saw no need to extend their presence or mandate.

Ordinary Afghans

Many ordinary Afghans are understood to want an international
peacekeeping force to guarantee security in the capital and elsewhere
and prevent a return to civil war.

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has vowed British troops will have a
focused mission and will not be drawn into a wider conflict.

The SBS will only be preparing the ground for more troops by checking
for mines, and will assess the possibilities for humanitarian aid.

The SAS has already been operating in Afghanistan for some time, and
the SBS is the Royal Marines' equivalent service.

The soldiers were drawn from "high readiness" troops kept in the
region after the recent UK exercise in Oman.

Bagram airport, situated about 10 miles north-east of Kabul, is
considered to be of key strategic importance.

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