Don Spinks - A reflection on Afghanistan

Running time
1 min 15 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


I'm disappointed for the Afghani people, but look, at the end of the day, it's their country. They get a vote and they've chosen that they're on the path they're on at the moment. Now, whether that's all willingly or not, it doesn't matter. At the end of the day, that's where they are.

I think the service for those that served in Afghanistan during the 20-odd years, everyone should be proud of their service. They gave an opportunity to a people who didn't have the same opportunity. I think the mission was achieved very early on, and that was to pull down Al-Qaeda. But at the end of the day, ultimately it comes back to the people of Afghanistan, or any nation really.

Our troops, men and women of all services and government agencies, departments, volunteers, non-government entities, should be quite proud of what they did, their contribution, and I think in time that anger and pain may go away for many, and just reflect that you did your bit at the time and you did your country proud.

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