We should be told why a father and son were killed on Sunday. What had they done?
Not much, it seems. Yet they received capital punishment for it. They have about fourteen male descendants and eighty male relatives and two hundred male mosque-going friends who will want to avenge them, yet we did the right thing when we killed them on Sunday, Smith says, and Mr Karzai must calm down, and not get his knickers in a twist about it.
I repeat, they did nothing wrong. And they were killed for it. And we must stay in the neighbourhood for eighteen months, no matter what reprisals come of it. This is the Prime Minister’s decision, and she is a fucking fool.
Let us put it this way. Let us imagine it is 1921 in County Kerry. An IRA man disguised as a policeman shoots three Black and Tans and runs away. The Black and Tans raid a village looking for the culprit. In the course of their midnight raid they kill a priest and a choirboy. When Eamonn De Valera protests, they say ‘it was done within the guidelines’ and no-one will be charged with anything.
This is the fix we are now in. Everyone detests us, five hundred young men will stalk us, twenty of us will be shot. And the disguised young ‘rogue recruit’ will get away.
Yet the Prime Minister is firm in her resolve we stay there. And if Karzai says we should leave she will defy him, and say ‘We have our mission’ like many a wounded missionary in other days. More and more votes will trickle away and she will stick to her, um, guns. What a fucking fool she is.
So desperate are we that we have invented another category, ‘insurgent’, to describe these latest innocent corpses. They are not Taliban. They are not Taliban supporters. They are not al-Qaeda. They are not ‘rogue Afghan soldiers’. They are ‘insurgents’, that is, people who don’t like being colonized. I’ll say they are. And so is ninety percent of the country.
So how do we treat ‘insurgency’? Why, we shoot it down. Shoot men with five sons and five brothers who will come for us. Shoot boys with fifty cousins who will come for us.
Any study of history shows how wrong this is. How for seven bundred years in Ireland it did not work, and bred martyrs, and sorrows, and suffering, and hatred of England. And het we are ‘firm in our resolve’ to keep on doing it.
What a fool the Prime Minister is.
What a fool.