The Times Online (UK) today notes:
"Four British soldiers die for sake of 150 votes."
The story is about British losses to secure Election Day safety in a sector of Afghanistan where thousands were eligible to vote and 150 showed up.
Regardless of how many showed up, there is something wrong here -- something that the headline-writers could have emphasized with one more word. The headline should read:
Four British soldiers die for sake of 150 Afghan votes."
It makes you wonder: Why are British (and, of course, American) soldiers dying for the sake of Afghan votes? If Afghans want to vote so much (and that is debateable), why aren't Afghan forces fighting for their own people? More important question: Why do we care so much about whether Afghan people vote for candidates committed to negotiating with the Taliban that we order our own soldiers to die fighting the Taliban?
The answer is madness. The Times reports:
The figures were released as the British Ambassador to Kabul admitted that troops could be engaged in combat in Afghanistan for five more years.
Madness with no end.