Afghanistan is reeling from another deadly bomb attack today — it’s yet another episode of violence that will surely be worrying local authorities and international forces, who are gearing up for presidential elections later this month. As the death toll mounts and more funerals are held – for ordinary Afghan civilians and allied forces – some are asking whether the efforts there are futile.
So today’s guest will certainly be interesting. Colonel Stuart Tootal will join World Have Your Say today. He was commander of the 3rd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment (3 PARA) in 2005. This included commanding the first UK Battle Group of 1200 soldiers to be sent to Helmand Province in Southern Afghanistan in 2006. This article has more background .
Colonel Tootal will be in the studio for the hour so it’s your chance to put your questions to him. We’ve done many programs on Afghanistan and today you’ll be able to speak to someone who’s served and led on the front-line to tell us what it’s like.
And it certainly sounds bleak. One military analyst puts it bluntly: “Violence is going to go up. It’s not going to go down.” And this blogger says, “insurgents leave areas where American troops concentrate and then return when those troops deploy elsewhere” and adds that nation building in failed states does nothing to beef up security overseas.
Colonel Tootal will be waiting for your questions on the current mission. Is it working? What does “working” mean? When will we know when the mission has succeeded? What is life really like for soldiers serving on the front line in Afghanistan? So what would you like to ask him?