THE UK has agreed that Afghanistan’s ingratitude for the last 20 years of military occupation is frankly quite hurtful.
As the Taliban retake the country as if the last two decades never happened, Britons are disappointed at receiving little or no praise for invading and installing an unpopular new government.
Lieutenant colonel Norman Steele said: “Honestly, it makes me wish we hadn’t even bothered.
“When we first came in 2001, I remember a Russian general told me ‘Don’t waste your time mate. We were in nine years and never got a word of thanks.’ But I didn’t listen. I thought ‘It’ll be different with us.’
“And I knew there were always going to be a few griping malcontents who didn’t want us there, planting IEDs and so on, but I honestly believed that this time we’d created a thriving Western liberal democracy.”
Jordan Gardner of Whitstable said: “First 1838-42, then 1878-80, now this. I’m beginning to think the ingrate Afghans don’t want us there.
“If someone invaded my country, overthrew its leaders, set up a new regime aligned to its interests and drone-bombed my wedding I like to think I’d be polite enough to say ‘thank you’.”