Veteran who lost both legs in Afghanistan says it was ‘for nothing’
A veteran of the war in Afghanistan and the family of a trooper killed in the conflict have said their penance and sacrifices were ‘to no end’.
The nation has fallen to the Taliban after they were overthrown by a US-led coalition of Nato members right around 20 years ago, provoking unforgiving analysis of the allies’ treatment of their withdrawal of troops.
Former royal engineer Jack Cummings, who experienced terrible wounds in a bomb blast in 2010 and lost a few comrades, described the scenes as deplorable and ‘heartbreaking’.
In a progression of tweets, he composed: ‘Was it worth it, probably not. Did I lose my legs for nothing, looks like it. Did my mates die in vain. Yep.’
He later revealed to Sky News he feels sorry for the Afghan people and said it was destroying to see the country he battled in and battled for simply disintegrate.
Around 150,000 British military staff have served in Afghanistan since the attack, which came in the wake of the September 11 monstrosities, and 457 were killed.
When asked what he would say to Boris Johnson, who said the deployment had not been in vain, Mr Cummings answered: ‘Was it worth it?
He said British soldiers didn’t die in vain, but I don’t think he will ever say that face to face with a grieving mum, wife, or father.’
Graham Knight, 69, whose 25-year-old child Ben, a RAF Sergeant, was killed when his airplane detonated in 2006, said he was not shocked that the Taliban have taken over on the grounds that when the Americans and the British said they planned to leave, they realized that that was going to happen. He added that the Taliban made their plan exceptionally certain that, when we the soldiers leave, they would move in.
He further stated that concerning whether individuals’ lives were lost through a war that wasn’t winnable, he thinks they were.
In his words:
‘We’re not surprised that the Taliban have taken over because as soon as the Americans and the British said they were going to leave, we knew this was going to happen.
‘The Taliban made their intent very clear that, as soon as we went out, they would move in.
‘As for whether people’s lives were lost through a war that wasn’t winnable, I think they were.
Afghanistan is presently set to turn into an Islamic Emirate under Sharia law, with many rights like free expression, women schooling, and an freedom of movement expected to be intensely diminished.
Hazel Hunt, 60, whose child Richard passed on at the age of 21 subsequent to being injured by a bomb blast in Helmand province, said she ‘burst into tears‘ while laying blossoms on his grave for the twelfth anniversary of his demise on Sunday.
She disclosed to The Times: ‘It is all such a waste. Twenty years of sacrifice in blood and treasure has come to nothing. All that has been achieved has been so quickly dissipated. Their sacrifice has been for nothing.
‘Richard did not particularly want to go but he had been ordered and said he wanted to look after his mates. He also wanted to make a difference to the lives of the Afghanistan people.
‘He told me the Afghans did not trust the British to stay, and we haven’t. We have tried to do some good and all we have done is to make it worse.’
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said British and US forces, just as forces from different countries, are moving forward to fly individuals out of Kabul airport.
He revealed to BBC Breakfast that the British Government is expecting to evacuate or clear around 1,000 individuals every day, and intending to withdraw every single British individual and Afghan evacuees before the finish of August at the latest.