Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Afghanistan - The Deaths Continue

A soldier, who was part of 11 EOD Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps, part of the Counter-IED Task Force, was killed on Monday morning. He was serving with a bomb disposal team in the Musa Qala area in northern Helmand Province.

This latest British soldier's death bring the number of UK service personnel killed since the start of operations in 2001 to 247.

Of no comfort to his friends and family will be the accusation last week by Geoff Hoon that when he was Defence Secretary, Gordon Brown vetoed the purchase of vital military helicopters.

The leaked letters show Brown personally overturned earlier Treasury assurances that the MoD would be free to spend extra cash on troop-carrying helicopters for Iraq and Afghanistan.

Now our troops are also facing undetectable bombs made out of wood. If the helicopters had been ordered when Geoff Hoon was in charge, it wouldn't be necessary for so many troops to be travelling on the ground.

Still, the Prime Minster will stand up in the Commons tomorrow and pay his respects to the latest man to give his life for his country. What a hypocrite Gordon Brown has proved to be.


Strathturret said...

Not sure if you have seen Craig Murray's latest piece about the jordanian doctor who killed the CIA people in Afghanistan. He makes powerful arguements why Muslims hate us so much and how poor our inteligence is.

subrosa said...

Not as yet Strathturret but I will go and read it now. Been busy writing a rushed post about the death of that elderly couple in Northampton. Thanks for letting me know.

Oldrightie said...

If I hadn't seen this here, Subrosa, a 24 hour absence would have meant I missed another tragedy. Nothing on The BBC bar a 5 second rushed mumble.

Strathturret said...

Listening to Alastair Campbell today on television has made pretty riveting viewing.

The power that this jumpedup newspaper hack wielded at the centre of state is worrying. Fundamentally who was he working for? The Labour party to put as good a spin as possible on events.

Needless to say he's stonewalled as well as you would expect from a 'paid liar'. Not my fault Guv, etc.

I feel that some of the questioning might have benefited from having some of our tougher legal advocates on board. At times you got the impression that Campbell was bullying the old buffers asking the questions. I'd like to have seen Campbell sweat a bit more!

subrosa said...

No it's been buried because Alistair Campbell is speaking OR. Not that he's had anything worthwhile to listen to other than his pact with Tony Blair is quite intact.

subrosa said...

I missed it this afternoon Strathturret but heard it this morning.

It scared a lot of folk the power Campbell had but he seems bullet proof.

As you say it's a pity some of our sharper legals weren't involved.

Strathturret said...

I suspect that Blair and Campbell will have squared their stories.

subrosa said...

Oh definitely Strathturret. The pact's intact. Neither can afford to be disloyal as they both know where the body is buried.

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