Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Yup, we have known that now for over a decade. We also know that the entire EU and the USA are pretty confused too? Right up there on the insanity pile are the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, France and Germany and then an inch below these nuts is the rest of the EU.
The Colonel of course, being a military man, thinks in terms of administration within the military environment and I am willing to bet he has not once thought to ask himself why his country has gone to that far away land and why it insists on remaining there. That's the military culture. Serve, don't ask. Conscience be damned. That's just one of the reasons soldiers coming back from combat have a high incidence of either going loony, committing suicide or becoming murderers.
Notice how the British have not given up on using the word "servants" ... just like they are so fond of using "Sir" here, there and everywhere and it's not a matter of respect but a matter of submission. The slave mentality is not easily erased by the elite of the "once was an Empire" now a Caliphate.
Britain is trying to close the gates when the Trojan Horse is well inside and thriving superbly. The Colonel's "Shaffy" has become akin to a case of throwing the baby out with the bath water. Cameron is probably trying to control the influx of Muslims migrants, refugees, etc. by blanketing everybody with the same brush.... so poor "Shaffy" and other translators like him are thrown to the mercy of Afghans who rightly think of them as collaborators.
Extremists in; brave servants out: Britain makes me despair
The fate of Army translators abandoned to their fate in Afghanistan is a disgrace - more so when you see the people we do allow to live here
There are times when I feel that Britain is the most confused place on earth, intent on its own degradation and destruction. This is one of those times. The disgraceful and shaming revelation that an Afghan man known as “Shaffy”, who gave vital service to the country as a linguist (translating for, among others, Prime Minister David Cameron), has not been granted asylum in the UK despite credible death threats, sits in grim contrast to news that a Jihadist preacher with links to Osama bin Laden will be allowed to remain in the UK to continue his decade long fight for British citizenship. The preacher, known in the courts only as “FM’” has so far cost the taxpayer tens of thousands of pounds in court fees.
It is a subject I feel strongly about. My company, New Century, which mentors and trains the Afghan Police Special Branch, relies heavily on what we call our “Cultural Advisors”. We use this term because they are so much more than translators. They must speak Dari (the official language of Afghanistan), Pathan (the language most commonly spoken amongst the Taliban and their support base), and of course English to a very high standard (which it has to be if they are going to understand what their former Royal Ulster Constabulary mentors are saying!) A senior Nato general describes these men and women as “more valuable than ammunition” in the complex fight against subversion and terror.
It was the same with the locally recruited translators that the UK military relied on in recent conflicts. The understanding was that in exchange for paid work, the linguists would put on British Army uniforms and accompany British soldiers to the most dangerous corners of Afghanistan interpreting, liaising, aiding understanding and often spotting danger long before it was apparent to one not from the region. Part of that understanding was that as they looked out for our soldiers, we would look out for them after their service.
Indeed there was a package put together by The Foreign Office and Home Office, albeit with bureaucratic – some would say Byzantine complexity. However this package drew the line at those who served on or after January 1 2013. That left many, including “Shaffy”, who served before that, abandoned and at the tender mercy of the jihadists. It was for this reason a group of veterans including Winston Churchill’s great grandson and I handed in a petition of 53,000 signatures demanding justice for the “left behinds” to Number 10 Downing Street on August 14 2013. It was duly ignored. ..........