"Between 2001 and 2015 the British government spent £27 billion of tax-payers money funding the war in Afghanistan.
During the same period, £12 billion was cut from the National Health Service. As 24-hour news repeated the political justification that we needed to invade Afghanistan to ‘stabilise’ the region, I wondered if that was true.
Historically war tends to have the opposite effect and interfering in the Middle East has increased terrorism and the region appears more chaotic than before the war.
Failing to ‘stabilise’ Afghanistan also cost the lives of 453 British soldiers.
Why the Afghanistan campaign was so prolonged, misguided and expensive might have been pure incompetence on the part of politicians but when searching for the answer I discovered something that had eluded the mainstream news coverage.
Conspiracy theorists talk online about a vast natural gas reserve under the Caspian Sea that the oil companies would like to run a pipe through to the Persian Gulf.
To do this the pipeline would need to go through either Iran or Afghanistan and that, according to the conspiracy theorists, is the real reason the British government is so interested in stabilising the area.
Could this be the real reason we spent all that tax-payers money and sacrificed so many good soldiers just to make oil companies richer?"