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A war neither won nor lost

By Robert Fry  

This letter is written in response to David Loyn’s feature on Afghanistan in our last issue

The editor of Prospect is to be congratulated on the balance shown by the publication of David Loyn’s magisterial feature on Afghanistan. Given her published views on this issue, it is to her great credit that she is willing to hear a different take. Bravo Prospect.

But why does the preamble to the article still use the language of the Napoleonic battlefield to describe the wars we fight now? Our recent campaigns do not admit of such simplistic judgements as “win” or “lose” and…

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