Sir,

I just watched Biden’s speech, and then Tugendhat’s speech to the Commons. 

In Tugendhat’s speech he is saying that Biden accused the allies of not fighting, of running away from the Taliban. This is surely wrong, the allies had withdrawn already. They thought that the Afghan army, 300,000 strong, properly trained, drilled and equipped, should be able to hold the fort by itself. Unfortunately, as it turned out, faced with the Taliban assault, the Afghan army melted away like butter in the sun. What the Afghan soldiers lacked was motivation.  Biden was accusing the Afghan army of not wanting to fight, and he said “why should we sacrifice American lives to save people who do not want to fight to save themselves?”. Biden was not wrong. 

Here is my thought:

If, instead of training and equipping 300,000 Afghan men as soldiers, who then lacked the motivation to fight the Taliban, the Allies had trained and equipped 300,000 Afghan women soldiers, they would surely have had plenty of motivation to fight! It is the women of Afghanistan who have most to lose under Taliban rule. This is what the Kurds did to fight ISIS. In fact ISIS was defeated in the field by a combination of forces, of which the Kurdish female fighting battalions was one. In addition, as an extra bonus, the Moslem fanatics believe that if they are killed in battle by a female they do NOT go to heaven! The Israeli Defence Force Tsahal has many women soldiers. This might be an idea for the next time round …

Respectfully, Torquil Dick-Erikson

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Sir,

The BBC laments the loss of freedom by Afghan people – particularly girls and women – as the Taliban reinforce Sharia law. But they persistently ignore the 39,000 radicals under MI5 surveillance, who want the same here and who pose a direct threat to non-believers. Instead they seem to want to blur the issue by changing the definition of terrorism, based on the actions of a deranged man in Plymouth.

Respectfully, Roger Arthur

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Sir,

Daniel Capurro (DT 14th Aug) suggests that the cost of a noisy air source heat pump might reduce to around £4,000 in future. To that must be added the cost of replacing radiators and pipework in over 25 million homes, raising the future cost probably to around £10,000 for each home. Added to that, the National Grid seemingly estimates the overall cost of grid decarbonisation at £3trillion, or around £120,000 per family, to meet the UK’s net zero target. That takes the total cost to around £3.25trillion, or £130,000 per family, assuming that the cost is not passed onto future generations through increased borrowing.

To that must be added the cost of decarbonising transport and industrial systems etc, bearing in mind that petrol and diesel duties (around £30 bn pa – or £10,000 per vehicle) will have to be raised by other means.

If a business embarked on such a strategy, without a fully tested cost/benefit analysis, then the board would be kicked out by shareholders. Sadly UK shareholders have been hijacked by a group of politicians, bent on burnishing their green credentials, despite the fact that taxpayers have never voted for that. 

Perhaps we need another referendum, in which No 10 could again explain its position, by sending a £9m booklet to every household. It didn’t work last time and it would have even less chance of working this time. Sadly the country has no effective Opposition.

Respectfully, Roger Arthur

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Sir,

Our politicians know now – if they didn’t know before – that attempting regime change in the Middle East is not going to prevent another 9/11. So we must now place more focus on our homeland defences, which surely means:

  1. Preventing the inadvertent importation of terrorists and criminals.
  2. Bolstering our borders and our migration policy.
  3. Reinforcing our neighbourhood policing.
  4. Backing and strengthening our security forces.
  5. Ending virtual signalling and confront Woke.
  6. We stop applying ECHR ruling and resort to our own BoR.
  7. Enforcing the law of the Land, without fear or favour.

Any politician, civil servant (or members of the BBC) who evades the risk – instead of defending our tradition of Justice, Liberty and Democracy. – should be ejected for failing to uphold their Oath of Allegiance.

Respectfully, Roger Arthur

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Sir,

With UK forces now scrambling to evacuate British nationals from Afghanistan as the Taliban take over Kabul and declare a new Islamist emirate, Boris Johnson looks like a deer caught in the headlights (link). Perhaps we should ask whether he might have been better prepared for this entirely predictable development if he had not been so focussed on ‘green’ politics ahead of the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow this November.

 It has been argued that Afghanistan is an unwinnable war, but the same could be said about the war against terrorism and indeed the war against crime. Even the grandstanding and virtue signalling politicians can only promise to win ‘the battle against climate change’ by turning back the clock of civilisation to Year Zero – something they are now beginning to realise may not be so popular with the electorate. The electorate is now being seen as the problem, and the most zealous of greens believe that when it comes to ‘saving the Planet’, the very existence of human beings is the problem; ironically, the Taliban would agree.

 The great conservative thinker Edmund Burke warned that the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. Not fighting does not ensure peace, it only emboldens the enemy; and now we see evil triumphing in Afghanistan.

 Instead of ‘fighting climate change’, Boris would have been better employed in thinking of ways of fighting the Taliban. The Prime Minister has been caught fiddling with green issues while Afghanistan burns.

Respectfully, Ann Farmer

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Sir,

Primary school children ‘have discovered our rain may contain pollutants’ as pupils from 650 schools participated in The Great British Water Project, ‘designed to teach them about pollution’. Apparently, UK rain ‘should be slightly acidic but carbon dioxide dissolves in it and makes it alkaline’, and over 13 per cent found alkaline in the rainwater (‘Kids find pollutants in rain’, Daily Express, August 12, 2021).

However, ‘over 83 per cent’ of the schools ‘recorded rain within a “normal” range’, and the Project was not even sure that the 13 per cent had discovered pollution: its ‘report described their findings as a “great surprise”’, adding that ‘“alkali recordings”’ might ‘“well be evidence of pollutants.”’ So now, as well as becoming depressed about ‘climate change’, small children are being prompted to become completely paranoid about the Earth’s atmosphere.

In an age when the air has never been cleaner, conveniently for the climate zealots, children have no memory of the filthy air we used to breathe in the days before legislation was passed to clean up the atmospheric effects of burning coal in every fireplace before the widespread introduction of central heating.

Conveniently, too, environmental campaigners like Sir David Attenborough can blur the line between ‘climate change’ and pollution, as he did in his Netflix documentary A Life On Our Planet, focussing ‘on the 93-year-old naturalist’s experiences and views learnt over a lifetime of studying the natural world’, during which time Sir David ‘has visited every continent on the globe, warning about the threats of pollution and climate change’ and warning (for the umpteenth time) that it was ‘our last chance to save the planet.’ (link)

Perhaps the most appalling aspect of this long-running scare campaign is that high-profile environmentalists like Attenborough, Chris Packham and Dame Jane Goodall are not only trying to prevent the births of children (here and here), they’re trying to scare the living daylights out the children that do manage to be born – including little Prince George (link). How, for instance, do we expect children to process Sir David’s claim (here) that humanity is a ‘plague’ on the Planet?  

The Earth will not die, but in the campaign to ‘save’ it, many people will. One thing is certain: the human guinea pigs in this experiment will make an awful lot of work for the mental health therapists of the future. This environmental experiment, even more dangerously, is an experiment on children. There will be no more ‘singing in the rain’ for them, only cowering indoors as they are groomed to fear the very air they breathe.

Respectfully, Ann Farmer

 

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