Skip to comments.'War weary' Australians stay the course
Posted on 09/01/2012 6:02:01 PM PDT by naturalman1975
FOREIGN Minister Bob Carr says Australia must stay the course in Afghanistan or risk ruining its reputation on the world stage.
Speaking on Sky News Australian Agenda program Senator Carr said most people were "war weary" of the decade-long engagement in Afghanistan but that Australia had an opportunity to leave behind a functional Afghan central government if it saw out its mission until 2014.
"To those who are war weary, and I think that speaks for all of us, it's a choice between the phased and planned withdrawal or a mad dash," Senator Carr said.
"And I just think it is not part of the Australian character to bolt from an alliance with a serious commitment.
"If we suddenly said because of these terrible losses and the inconsolable grief of the families that have sustained them, if we suddenly said 'we are out of there now' I think there would be an enormous loss to Australia's reputation."
Senator Carr was speaking about Australia's involvement in Afghanistan following the deaths last week of five Australian soldiers, three of which were gunned down by a rouge Afghan operative.
The hunt is still on for the Afghan National Army killer Sergeant Hekmattullah who fled the Wahab patrol base in the Baluchi Valley in Oruzgan province following the incident.
Defence yesterday released details on the three diggers who died in the attack naming them as Lance Corporal Stjepan Milosevic, Sapper James Martin and Private Robert Poate.
Senator Carr's defence of the continued mission in Afghanistan and withdrawal date of 2014 comes amid widespread calls for the mission to end early.
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afghanastan was a huge mistake. killing the taliban government was good but it is a barbaric wasteland with NO value, certainly not worth the lives of allied soldiers. there are few countries worth dying for anymore
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