The war in Afghanistan is the War the media has forgot. With at best sporadic coverage of the conflict now shown on news services in the UK some people are now calling the conflict ‘a political, financial and moral disaster’. The role of the media, and their lack of coverage, is part of the reason there has been less public debate on tactics and the merits and the strategy of this conflict… It’s simply forgotten. In past times a major conflict of this scale would have been big news, but even casualty reports are relegated to the second half of the news cycle now a days.
From the Guardian:
“The war in Afghanistan has cost Britain at least £37bn and the figure will rise to a sum equivalent to more than £2,000 for every taxpaying household, according to a devastating critique of the UK’s role in the conflict.
“Since 2006, on a conservative estimate, it has cost £15m a day to maintain Britain’s military presence in Helmand province. The equivalent of £25,000 will have been spent for every one of Helmand’s 1.5 million inhabitants, more than most of them will earn in a lifetime, it says.
“By 2020, the author of a new book says, Britain will have spent at least £40bn on its Afghan campaign, enough to recruit over 5,000 police officers or nurses and pay for them throughout their careers. It could fund free tuition for all students in British higher education for 10 years.
“… In the first full attempted audit of what he calls Britain’s “last imperial war”, Frank Ledwidge, author of Investment in Blood, published next week by Yale University Press, estimates British troops in Helmand have killed at least 500 non-combatants. About half of these have been officially admitted and Britain has paid compensation to the victims’ families.”