The Washington Post obtains a revealing document:
Hours before President Bush left on a surprise trip last Monday to the Green Zone in Baghdad for an upbeat assessment of the situation there, the U.S. Embassy in Iraq painted a starkly different portrait of increasing danger and hardship faced by its Iraqi employees. This cable, marked “sensitive” and obtained by The Washington Post, outlines in spare prose the daily-worsening conditions for those who live outside the heavily guarded international zone: harassment, threats and the employees’ constant fears that their neighbours will discover they work for the U.S. government.
Meanwhile, “liberated” Afghanistan is now a nation run by warlords, drug runners and murderers, partly funded by the British taxpayer. The country is little different to the Taliban days, a damning indictment of “humanitarian intervention.”
Australian troops should not be in Afghanistan. Their mission is ill-founded and destined to contribute to further instability. A recent report by SBS Dateline proved that Australia is unwelcome; they have no right to be there.