Another Afghan War.
. 4 WHIT LORD KITCHENER DESIRES
. A writer, concealing his identity behind tho norn de plume of " Anglo-Indian," writrs in the" North Amerian Review" for April an article which ho has headed " Tho call of Lord Kitchener," The writor is somewhat obscure, but his drift is e'ear. Fie thinks that Lord Kitchener has come to the conclusion thitt we must agnin invtdo Afghanistan, and take up a position at Kandahar and Kabul: —
How if? Lori? Kitchener to defend the Afuhau borders if he is in doubt as to the raal intentions of tho Aaiir and his people ? There are only two guarantee's of the good faith of Afghanistan. If she wants her friend tmA ally to stand Fide by side with her against asrgrossion from the north-wost, she must make his pnths straight and easy. Sho must construct, or allow to be conconstructed, railways from Chaman to !\;iv;dahar and Peshawar ti Kabul, and *ho niu.-t connacfc Herat-, Kandahar, Kabul, n1 Marar-i-'vharif with tho telegraphic system of India. In the second plac«, she mu=t leave the tribes on our frouter si vorely alone ; and, if ehe were wise and in real earnest us to co-operation, she would join hands with us in drawing the fangs of the Afridis and the Wazaris. Ab present Lord Kitchener is deterred by financial an'l political considerations from forcing railways into Afghanistan, but, says '• Anglo-Indian " : —
If a will push his railways to tho foot of the Peshawar Koralnnd towards the Kabul Rivor beyond IVshnvar. Ho will havo every available) soldior find gun ready for an advance—it nny be for a race—to certain strategic points ia Afghanistan; but he must look back anxious'y to India itself, to great Britain and t) the sea.
Tho writer is quite clear that it would be the British taxpayer who would have to pay, as India con neither find the men nor the money for service in regions so remote and uncongenial. He objects to partition, though that would certainly follow as the inevitable corollary from an advance on Kandahar and Kabul. But he maintains : —
There are only two alternatives. The first is to hold our present frontier, strengthened by the bastion of Tirab, and to hold the Persian Gulf as a British lake, leaving the crumbling kingdoms of the Islam to their fate. The second is to defend the irreducible minimum of territory which is requited for the purposes of buffer in Afghanistan and in Persia.
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Another Afghan War., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6615, 7 July 1905
Another Afghan War. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6615, 7 July 1905
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