Which is not to say that they ought not to leave. What did they hope to accomplish there in the first place? With no clear mission or goal, and no understanding of the jihad doctrine or Sharia, the whole thing was foredoomed. “Taliban ‘greet’ Dutch on Afghan pullout,” from AFP, July 30 (thanks to Twostellas):
THE HAGUE: The Taliban has congratulated the Netherlands government for the imminent pullout of their troops from Afghanistan, according to a newspaper interview with a spokesman from the group.
“We hope that other countries with troops stationed in Afghanistan will follow the Netherlands example and withdraw their troops,” said Qari Yusuf Ahmadij, who was described as the Taliban’s spokesman for west and south Afghanistan. This was said in an interview given to the Dutch daily Volkskrant.
The deployment of about 1,950 Dutch troops in Afghanistan ends after four years on Sunday amid concerns about the void it will leave….
“Once again we call on European countries that have soldiers in Afghanistan to leave the country. Because it is not your war, but a war of the United States, which aims to reach their imperialistic objectives in the world and especially in this region,” he said.
Right. Because for them, Islamic imperialism is the only acceptable kind.