An excellent resume but seemingly beyond the grasp of our ruling elite. They are deaf to any gainsayer. As with AGW, follow the money for any sense of logic. Money is the only thing noisy enough to penetrate their cloth ears.
Not so much beyond their grasp as beyond their competence ... the key role of India is acknowledged, but there is no abilty to deal with the high politics involved. The FCO is beyond useless and the poltical relationships are such that there is no mechanism for setting up the multi-lateral negotiations that would be needed. Therefore, we dance round the edges, knowing that the core issues are not being addressed, but hoping that somehow it will all come right.
But there are other reasons, not stated, why we should be in Afghanistan and Iraq, and possibly even intervene in other Muslims nations - strictly for humanitarian reasons of course. This war needs to be looked at in historic terms, rather then short term perspectives, as well as from a domestic view point. That is how Islam views Jihad - in the long term.
Whether we should be in either AFG or Iraq is a different question from whether we can actually deliver ... theory versus practice. There might be good geopolitical reasons for being there (and there are some good reasons why we should not). But the fact is that, under the current operational paradigm, we can achieve nothing of consequence, while doing ourselves great harm. Personally, I see Islam as a nuisance more than a threat ... it is a losers' creed, a reaction to modernity and an evolutionary cul-de-sac. The resurgence of militant Islam is thus the last throw of the loser ... we should treat it as such. The real problem is our own people, who treat it seriously, and pander to it. The enemy is within, not without.