Tony Blair called out for deafening silence on Afghanistan crisis

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Yet in July this year, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that “British troops assigned to Nato’s mission in Afghanistan are now returning home” to mark the end of a near-20 year stay.

Despite 457 service deaths, and many physically and psychologically wounded veterans from the conflict, the Taliban’s resurgence had led many critics to consider the Afghanistan withdrawal, and war in general as a massive military disaster.

Indeed, Mr Blair was called out by a listener for his silence on the Afghanistan crisis on Nigel Farage’s GB News show.

The listener said: “Isn’t the silence of Tony Blair deafening?”

Mr Farage responded: “Funny that, actually, because Tony Blair, particularly on the pandemic, has been very very active recently.

“Had our leaders 20 years ago been students of military history, they might have realised that nobody ever wins in Afghanistan.”

Mr Blair, whose premiership saw the first UK troops deployed to Afghanistan, has been vocal during the coronavirus pandemic, heavily criticising the current government for not being proactive at the start of the crisis.

In 2001, only a month after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York, then-prime minister Mr Blair confirmed that British forces were involved in US-led military action against al Qaeda training camps and the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

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Mr Blair, speaking at the 2001 Labour party conference said: “This is a moment to seize.

“The kaleidoscope has been shaken, the pieces are in flux.

“Soon they will settle again.

“Before they do, let us reorder the world around us … only the moral power of a world acting as a community can.

“By the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more together than we can alone.”

Allied air strikes began and, in November that year, the first British troops were deployed to a war that would see British deaths in the hundreds and an even greater number of amputees.

Mr Farage, who was a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump before the November 2020 election, also called out President Joe Biden.

He said: “Biden decided unilaterally to withdraw American troops and they gave us no choice.

“Biden did this without any reference to his allies whatsoever, and the point about strategic withdrawal is that they need thinking through as much as advances.

“He didn’t consult with anybody, and relied on advice by ‘so called experts.'”

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