British Faith In Afghan War Faltering

By Gemma Shaw

Photo courtesy of World Culture Pictorial

The British government is under increased pressure as the public question the war on the Taliban, in Afghanistan.

Recent YouGov surveys have revealed general ill-feeling towards the war. In a survey of 1021 British adults, commissioned by Channel 4 News, 73% wanted the troops removed from Afghanistan, and 57% thought that victory is not possible for the British army.

Another YouGov survey, by Sky News, indicated that 55% of the 1014 British adults surveyed were unclear as to why the British troops are in Afghanistan. 82% think that the British Government should be doing more to support the soldiers.

Several recent events may have contributed to this week’s anti-war outcry.

Remembrance Sunday brought the news of the 200th and 201st deaths of British soldiers in action in Afghanistan. Also, Gordon Brown is engaged in an argument with the mother of Jamie Janes, who died in Afghanistan on 5th October, over seeming disrespect, due to the misspelling of her name on a handwritten condolence letter, further belittling the war effort. The news of American president Barack Obama’s withdrawal of American troops from Iraq may also be contributing to the British public’s anti-war feeling.