Tuareg, Pashtun and Mongol are all ancient tribes who wander vast areas of nothingness. They don't own much, eat disgusting food and have all sorts of strange religious beliefs which were none of our business until some lunatics struck at the heart of what we are told is 'freedom'.
Following that spectacular day the Tuareg and Mongals carried on whatever they do - eating camels, making banjos and the like, but following a brief visit from the worlds worst villain, the Pashtun have found their uncomplicated lives well and truly turned upside down.
They are by no means strangers to war. Over millennia they have been a crossroads for all sorts of breast beating but their latest occupation is less of a war and more of a mass counselling session - the so called 'war of hearts and minds."
Afghans are about as familiar to democracy as Lions are to playing 'Twister' with Zebra - or as we are to war. Sure we occasionally go to the Falklands or Korea but we don't regularly open fire at our neighbours before breakfast and then go and pray.
Yes, they make heroin, but aren't customs here supposed to be onto that? I think we should let them get on with their strange lives. There's plenty concentrate minds on back here.
David Cameron thinks Afghanistan is "Our most urgent security issue" - but it is sadly one of our most expensive and futile ones as well. Come home boys. If there are fanatics there who still want to bomb us, they might actually appreciate it.