Wednesday, 2 June 2010


This morning another soldier was been killed in Afghanistan. He too belonged to 40 Commando Royal Marines, serving as part of Combined Force Sangin.

He was undertaking a joint foot patrol with soldiers from the Afghan National Army in order to reassure the local population when he was killed in an explosion in the Sangin district of Helmand province.

His family and friends will be distraught with grief as will his colleagues who have lost others in the past few days.

I despair and have no hope of our armed services coming home in the near future.


Hamish said...

Desperately sad, subrosa, and you have eloquently spoken out for our troops. And for their loved ones when they make the ultimate sacrifice.
You have rightly expressed anger over the woeful inadequacies in their equipment and back-up.

But to me the basic question is: do we need to be there, is this a just war?

Over the past century, I regard only one war as necessary and just.
Not the first World War, not Suez, not Korea, not Falklands, not Iraq.

The exception in my eyes is World War 2.
I believe that war was both just and necessary.
Every death is a tragedy, but the numbers who were killed in that combat (and WW1 before it) dwarf the numbers in current conflicts.

subrosa said...

What a lovely tribute to those who have given their lives in our names Hamish.

I would agree with you. WW2 was the one war we had to take part in to protect our country. So many lives wasted there as you say. In some ways it's gratifying that lessons were learned from it (taught by those who survived of course) and they've saved so many of today's young from death - but not enough because we shouldn't be participating in this.

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