As one of the tribal elders from the village of Jegdalek asked me: 'How many times can they apologise for killing our innocent women and children and expect us to forgive them?
'They come, they bomb, they kill us and then they say: "Oh, sorry, we got the wrong people."
'And they keep doing that.’
The British soldiers of 1842 met the same reaction in their day.
It is time for the US, the UK, and NATO to get out of Afghanistan now, declare victory, bring their troops home, and negotiate with whatever government is left in Kabul for the pipeline and mineral development rights.