"It is in the British national interest to confront the Taleban in Afghanistan or Afghanistan would come to us."
So said our glorious leader yesterday. I think it's one of the most telling things that's ever been said about British foreign policy.
No-one in the main political parties thinks that Gordon Brown is wrong about that, either. Both the Tories and the Lib Dems approve of sending more British soldiers out to Afghanistan.
In part, one assumes, to replace the five lads that came back in body-bags yesterday. And there will be more - and many more innocents who don't get flags on their coffins or official repatriations, just blown to bits for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Does Gordon Brown really think Afghanistan will come to us unless we fight the Taleban? Does no-one question that at all? Is that just a given in the cosy world of privatise-everything, bomb-everyone consensus politics in Britain today? Why isn't anyone standing up against this madness?