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.
Russian President Vladimir Putin: “I am convinced that the true sovereignty of Ukraine is possible only in partnership with Russia. Our spiritual, human and civilizational ties have formed for centuries and have been rooted in the same sources, they have been hardened by common trials, achievements and victories.”
“The crews of aircraft and helicopters of the Black Sea Fleet and the air force formation of the Southern Military District conducted training with battalions of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems and units of the Pantsir self-propelled missile and gun systems during a readiness check of the duty forces and air defence systems of the Crimean Peninsula”, Rulyov said.