Britain should pull out of Afghanistan, says Gorbachev
The ex-Soviet leader argues the US must take some blame for fanning Islamic fundamentalism
By Matthew Bell, The Independent, Feb 27, 2011
Gorbachev to Cameron: ‘Get out of Afghanistan
Mikhail Gorbachev, the former president of the Soviet Union, has called for fundamental change to world politics against the background of uprisings across North Africa, saying that the will of the people can no longer be ignored.In a wide-ranging interview with The Independent on Sunday
, marking his 80th birthday on Wednesday, Mr Gorbachev also calls on David Cameron to withdraw British troops from Afghanistan. And, in comments that risk provoking outrage in the US, he portrays the war against Islam as a conflict partly of the US’s own making.
“It’s called the historical and political boomerang,” he says, referring to the US’s secret funding of Islamic extremists during the 1980s, when the Americans were fighting communism. “[The Americans] were working in secret with those forces with whom they are now fighting. They should accept their part of the blame. Let them say so. I think God has some mechanism that he uses to punish those that make mistakes.”