How fitting if Tony Blair and George W Bush faced trial for launching those wars. It would draw a line under two decades of hell for millions of innocent civilians and show vital lessons had been learned. Sadly, we all know this will never happen, but there’s no harm in dreaming. Ask the Afghans left behind after the latest ignominious retreat. Dreams are all they have.
“For twenty years, American troops had been on this [Afghan] territory and for twenty years they tried – one can say this without offending anyone – to civilise the people who live there, to introduce their norms and standards of life in the broadest sense of the word, including the political organisation of society”, Vladimir Putin said.