Thursday, 23 December 2010

347. How Many More?



While many of us were involved in last minute preparations for Christmas, another soldier was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday.  He belonged to the Colchester based 216 Parachute Signal Squadron, Royal Corps of Signals and was blown up when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb.

There have been 347 British personnel killed in the Afghanistan war since 2001and thousands more injured.

While we complain about poor public transport, untreated roads and pavements and temperatures below -10 degrees during daytime, please spare a thought for the families of those who have died and been wounded this year.  There will be many tables with an empty space on Christmas Day.

Update:  A touching tribute can be read here to Cpl Steven Dunn.

12 comments:

Highland Cooncil said...

These chaps join the army by their own choice.

You do not post the numbers of innocents killed by @our' troops

look at this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6TkqU7DkwU

Dioclese said...

In my view, that's 347 too many. We should never be out there in the first place.

How many of those died because they made the mistake of standing in front of the US army or under the USAF?

There are no heroes, only victims. No winners, only losers. No bystanders, only participants.

War is hell, not glory. Time the human race grew up...

The Last Of The Few said...

Indeed a very very quiet time in many houses this Christmas.

Mr Council..........thank you for your comment........yuou are entitled to your say.

Indeed they did join........I did also but I am lucky. However I did not join to be lied too, to fight an unjust cause as a previous CinC was a lapdog to the USA.

Many civillians have died indeed, it is a tragedy that should NEVER have happened and believe it or not the men in unform also think of them too.

The 347 stat is fact........the youtube 1 at this stage is not confirmed.

Merry Christmas Sir.

JuliaM said...

Good post, and very timely SR.

subrosa said...

Yes they do Highland Cooncil and thank goodness they do.

subrosa said...

Well said Dioclese.

subrosa said...

It's a post I wouldn't have wanted to write Julia. I have a soft spot for the Royal Signals but that's not to say I don't respect other regiments of course.

Oldrightie said...

I post then read my dashboard, Subrosa. Perhaps I should reverse that modus. I know we share the same feelings over this ghastly campaign. As for Highland, he is correct. In every conflict there are significantly more civilian losses than combatants. That makes the political and diplomatic failure and corruption ever worse. The troops do a paid job of work but health and safety demands more of plumbers than soldiers.

Highland Cooncil said...

347. How Many More?
was your question.

Soviet deaths were estimated to be around 15000.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_war_in_Afghanistan

Business is business. Profit comes first.

Joe Public said...

Remind your readers again SR, how many of our brave politicians, the ones who voted for that unwinnable war, have lost their lives in that hell-hole we call Afghanistan?

subrosa said...

Of course it does Highland Cooncil. This war (and others) have nothing to do with the security of the UK whatsoever. It's a sake of follow the money for the elite.

The military know that once they sign up but the comradeship within the military keeps most there. They do try not to kill innocent people. Our military are the least aggressive in many ways. That's why the US want to take over in Afghanistan.

subrosa said...

Erm Joe, I can't think of any who have set their feet on that soil who have come under any attack.

Of course, when politicans visit war zones, the military have to take many men and spend many man hours away from their usual role to protect the one VIP. I object strongly to this. Visiting politicians should be treated the same as an soldier.

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