Thursday, 21 October 2010
Yet again another of our armed services has been killed in Afghanistan, while politicians decide how much of our money they will distribute to the cause of interfering in another country's politics. Why can't we leave countries to sort out their own problems? History has proved that we cannot impose our values upon others without too many sacrifices of life and we have no moral right to do so.
The MoD named the soldier as Acting Cpl Barnsdale, from 33 Engineer Regiment, who was clearing improvised explosive devices when one detonated in the area east of Gereshk on Tuesday. It was his second tour of duty in the country.
A total of 341 British troops have died in Afghanistan since 2001.
More and more information is becoming available about the Afghanistan war and this gives an insight into this dirty war.
In Africa on Friday, a British civilian explosive expert was killed in South Sudan while clearing mines near the town of Kapoeta. Most recently he had been leading teams of trained Sudanese mine clearance workers in removing landmines threatening communities in and around Kapoeta. IEDs are responsible for thousands of civilian and military deaths around the world yet we have not invented a method of destroying them quickly and safely.
A referendum on independence for South Sudan is scheduled to be held in January 2011 but, regardless of the outcome, the country will have to spend decades ridding itself of these deadly weapons left from Africa's longest running civil war. Many thousands of innocent people will be killed in the meantime. There's no glory in war but for some there is so much financial reward that they consider the loss of lives a cost worth paying. They are the real warmongers.