London, UK, June 17th 2008 – At their joint press conference, President Bush praised Gordon Brown’s announcement to commit hundreds of extra British troops to Afghanistan. This announcement coincided with the admission by General Sir David Richards, the new Commander-In-Chief of all UK Land Forces, that coalition forces were ‘not winning’ the war in Afghanistan. Despite the general’s frank admission, Gordon Brown’s announcement is a clear sign that the British government intends to pursue its failed strategy of remaining a colonial occupier in Afghanistan – whatever the cost in Afghan lives.
Commenting on Mr Brown’s announcement, Taji Mustafa, Media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain said: “Brown and other western leaders might do better if they concentrated on their immense economic and social problems at home before thinking of exporting and globalising their failures.”
“Six years after the invasion, the installation of a client regime and the deaths of thousands of people, the British government still refuses to admit that this colonial ‘Great Game’ between the US, the UK and Russia to exploit Afghanistan’s strategic assets has been a disaster for the region."
"They live in denial about the extent of the hostility to occupation amongst ordinary Afghans and the instability wrought by the US-led invasion."
“Corruption, poverty and insecurity have worsened under occupation. Violent incidents are up 20% in the past year. ‘Free, democratic’ Afghanistan has levels of poverty comparable to sub-Saharan Africa. It boasts 120,000 women and 60,000 children who are amongst its new drug users, giving a meaning to ‘liberation’ that is entirely in keeping with intervention by liberal capitalist states. In stark contrast, almost half of the US’s aid budget goes directly to boosting the profits of five US contractors.”
“When western governments try to ‘fix’ what they broke it only creates more problems. They show no signs of wanting to leave the Muslim world to shape its own future and political destiny. Stability can only come when a system of government enjoys the trust and confidence of the people and that will only come when Islam lies at the heart of that system. People want to choose their rulers rather than being forced to accept stooges who represent foreign interests.”