Sunday, 7 August 2011
More Unnecessary Deaths
Twenty- two year old James Wright from Weymouth in Dorset, died in Camp Bastion's field hospital on Friday after a grenade was thrown into his patrol's checkpoint in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province. Last night his family and colleagues praised his courage and bravery.
James was a member of 42 Commando Royal Marines and his Commanding Officer stated he had spent the past four months in an 'austere combat outpost' in Afghanistan. His death brings the total number of British military killed to 378 since the war began in 2001.
Yesterday thirty-one US and seven Afghan special forces died in the biggest single loss yet for foreign troops in the 10-year war. Taliban insurgents claimed they shot down the helicopter which contained the military personnel. I watch Barack Obama act the sorrowful politician when he acknowledged the incident.
Surely this will cause Americans to stand up and shout 'enough' then US politicians will be forced to take notice of their protests. There is little chance any British politicians will listen to those of us who feel this war completely futile. We rely upon the Americans to drive the message home to their representatives, who in turn, influence our shallow, misinformed and self-absorbed government.