QUOTE: “Attacking Afghanistan is tantamount to swatting each mosquito that lands on your arm in order to eradicate malaria.”
Bob Shepherd, ex SAS soldier, security consultant and best selling author.
I was part of a small media team that had unilaterally driven from Kabul to Helmand Province to cover the poppy story and what the Taliban had to say down there at that time.
I made my quote to the media team on the banks of the Helmand River south of Lashkargah frustrated by what I was seeing during my short spell in Afghanistan to that point.
I would go on to work for a total of 6 years in Afghanistan, mostly outside of any security bubble, working with the media and other International and local actors.
In my view alone, given my words in the quote…I would have preferred the International community’s military under the guidance of the USA, to have attacked selected targets in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan along with other locations in order to take out the funding, breeding and recruiting grounds of the ideology that the West was fighting against at that time…supposedly!