Blaming us because we left! Britons hit back as Europeans blame England for Afghanistan

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EU citizens blasted Britain over its involvement in the Afghanistan war for the last 20 years, arguing the UK is to blame for the ongoing crisis in the region.

Some took to social media to accuse the UK of planting the seeds “of the great tragedy and decadence of Afghanistan”.

But Express.co.uk readers were quick to hit back at the criticism arriving from the EU.

One person said: “Who cares what the cowards of the Eu think, happy to sit on their hands and watch the world burn but always quick to criticise.”

And another one: “Poor old EU. You lost the UK and now try to blame us for EVERYTHING. Sad, sad, sad!”

Someone else added: “They haven’t the foggiest idea, blame the British because we left the Europeans to stew in their own juice.”

One person echoed: “Well as the Europeans never play their part in policing any part of the world and it’s always left up to UK and US every time. You are not in a position to blame.

“You just hate the fact that we left your weird club so you take any opportunity to bad mouth us in any way you can.

“We did everything possible to help the Afghans, we used our troops to fight Taliban, gave them the best training, equipment and so on, but at the end of the day people have to fight for their own freedom too and not just give up like they did.”

One person joked: “Of course it’s Britain’s fault since we left the EU everything is our fault, if it rains tomorrow it will be our fault, if the tide comes in somewhere in the world it will be our fault, never mind we can handle it.”

Someone else added: “Perfect when the EU army is ready they can police places like Afghanistan.

“Let’s see how well they do with coward recruits from France, Italy and Spain.”

The comments came as Boris Johnson called for an emergency debate in the Commons today.

Opening the debate, the Prime Minister said that events in Afghanistan have “unfolded” faster “than even the Taliban predicted”, but said this had not caught the Government “unawares”.

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The Prime Minister said: “I think it would be fair to say that the events in Afghanistan have unfolded and the collapse has been faster than even the Taliban themselves predicated.

“What is not true is to say the UK Government was unprepared or did not foresee this.

“It was certainly part of our planning – the very difficult logistical operation for the withdrawal of UK nationals has been under preparation for many months, and I can tell the House that the decision to commission the emergency handling centre at the airport took place two weeks ago.”

Mr Johnson was responding to Conservative MP Mark Harper (Forest of Dean) who had said: “Can I just take him back to his remarks in the House of July 8 when he referred to the assessment that he had made, there has clearly been a catastrophic failure of our intelligence or our assessment of the intelligence because of the speed that this has caught us unawares.”

The Prime Minister said it was “pretty clear” from what has happened that the “collapse of the Afghan forces has been much faster than expected”, adding the West could not continue the “US-led mission”.

He told MPs: “As for our NATO allies and allies around the world when it came for us to look at the options that this country might have in view of the American decision to withdraw we came up against this hard reality.

“That since 2009, America has deployed 98 percent of all weapons released from NATO aircraft in Afghanistan and at the peak of the operation – where there were 132,000 troops on the ground – 90,000 of them were American.

“The West could not continue this US-led mission, a mission conceived and executed in support of America.”

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